Mental Changes in Parkinson’s Disease

QUESTION: My dad has Parkinson’s and seems much more                               “out if it” lately.Why?

Parkinson’s disease is primarily described as a movement disorder, so caregivers are surprised when they realize how many other areas of functioning are affected, including cognition (thinking), vision, emotions and the autonomic nervous system which controls things like bowel and bladder function. When changes occur, they are often not addressed, and partners may find them more difficult to cope with than the motor skill problems because of their impact on relationships.

Approximately 50% of patients with Parkinson’s will experience some form of cognitive impairment. To learn more about “Cognition and Parkinson’s Disease,” please make plans to attend the free lunch & learn on March 23 in Cedar Hall at Stow-Glen. Philip Fastenau, PhD, Director of Neuropsychology at UH Cleveland Medical Center will discuss the implications of these cognitive changes, how to manage them, and when to ask whether dementia is a concern. Seating will be at 11:30am, lunch service and speaker at 12noon. Representatives from the National Parkinson Foundation, Ohio Chapter will be present to educate on their programs.

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