By 2040, the number of individuals with Parkinson’s is expected to increase fivefold from the current estimates of 20,000 to 120,000 (based on the Department of Statistics 2018 report). The second most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s primarily affects the brain and physical movement.
This condition is more prevalent amongst the elderly, affecting about 1% of people over the age of 60 and 4% of those above 80. We will be discussing Parkinson’s with Dr. Sim Chun Yang, a doctor with over 10 years of experience in internal medicine and is currently doing his subspecialty in neurology with Sarawak General Hospital.
[00:54] What are some Parkinson’s symptoms that people should be looking out for? | [06:44] What is the importance of medication for individuals with Parkinson’s? | [12:49] What are the types of other medical conditions that would tend to mimic Parkinson’s? | [18:26] What are some of the preventive measures/recommendations when providing care for loved ones with Parkinson’s?
Full transcript: here
- tremors: the involuntary, uncontrollable rhythmic movement of a part of the body.
- bradykinesia: slowness of movement
- rigidity: the stiffness or inflexibility of muscles
- REM sleep disorder: a sleep disorder where one physically and vividly acts out their dream.
- hydrocephalus: a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is accumulated within the brain and causes pressure in the brain.
- shunt: a small hole or a small passage that allows movement of fluid from one part of the body to another.
- neurodegenerative disorder: illnesses that involve the progressive degeneration and/or death of certain parts of the brain
Disclaimer: This information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional health advice. To seek further medical advice for your medical condition, do consult your doctor, therapist or go to the nearest health institution to get assistance. This video only represents the speaker’s view on the topic with regards to Parkinson’s.
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