Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the motor system in the central nervous system. It is caused due to the death of the dopamine generating cells of the mid brain. Parkinson’s disease is considered a synucleiopathy due to an abnormal accumulation of alpha-syncline protein in the brain in the form of Lewy bodies, as opposed to other diseases such as Alzheimer's disease where the brain accumulates tau protein in the form of neurofibrillary tangles.
Symptoms Symptoms of Parkinson's disease differ from person to person. Parkinson’s disease affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine. Parkinson’s disease symptoms include muscle rigidity, tremors, and changes in speech and gait. After diagnosis, treatments can help relieve symptoms, but there is no cure.
More than 100,000 Canadians are estimated to have Parkinson’s disease. Due to the aging baby boomer population, this number is expected to rise dramatically. The population aged 65 and over is predicted to rise over 30 years from 11.6% to 23.6%.