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Parkinson's can limit motor skills, ability to perform job

Like many autoimmune diseases, being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease is a scary prospect for many living in Michigan. Currently, there are nearly 500,000 Americans living with the neurological medical condition in the United States today. These individuals are dealing with symptoms that limit their mobility and motor skills. Unfortunately, the physical limitations associated with Parkinson's can be debilitating.

The causes of Parkinson's are primarily neurological in nature. Impaired neurons within a specific region of the brain are at the root of Parkinson's disease. The illness is characterized by tremors, deteriorating motor skills, difficulty with movement and slowed speech.

What many people may not know is that Parkinson's is not necessarily a fatal condition. However, the symptoms of the illness can become worse over time, which makes life quite uncomfortable for those affected. As the disease progresses there is a good chance that maintaining a career and engaging in many physical activities will become essentially impossible.

Many families dealing with Parkinson's are probably in need of financial relief, particularly if they have been adversely affected by the economic slump. Additionally, medical bills can pile up rather quickly. Families in this situation may be able to secure Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits, depending on their situation. This way, individuals with Parkinson's can focus their attention on preserving their health, rather than agonizing over financial difficulties.

Parkinson's is a disease that can affect people in so many ways. The effects of the disease are not just physical, but can lead to people suffering from depression or other mental conditions. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the illness, but there are measures that can be taken, when the appropriate resources are available, that allow a person to live as comfortable as possible.

Source: Lemon Grove Patch, "Points on Parkinson's Disease," Rachael Grant Dixon, April 18, 2012

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