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Parkinson's Disease & Movement Disorders

Fighting Parkinson’s Disease

A disorder doesn’t have to be a disabler. Although no cure exists for Parkinson’s disease (PD), medical and surgical options can help patients lead active lives. Board-certified physical and occupational therapists specializing in brain disorders can enhance patients’ lives, maximizing their ability to perform activities of daily living and capably manage a movement disorder.

In collaboration with PD patients and unaffected individuals who enroll in clinical trials, researchers continue to seek the cause and cure for this progressive neurological disorder. Whether you have PD, care for someone who does or simply want to help ensure that one day, PD ceases to exist, you can help. Donate or learn more about becoming a citizen scientist and participating in research.

Understanding Parkinson’s Disease

Nearly 1 million Americans are affected by PD, according to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, making it the most prevalent of the movement disorders. These individuals live with symptoms such as slowed movement, tremor, stiffness and slurred speech, which have a severe impact on quality of life.

Advancing age is the dominant risk factor for PD, but it’s not the only one. Men have a slightly higher risk than women and people with an affected first-degree relative (parent or sibling) have roughly double the risk. Average age at onset of symptoms is 61, but 10 percent of patients are diagnosed before age 40.

Moving Beyond Parkinson’s

At Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, we diagnose and treat not only PD, but other, much rarer movement disorders as well. They include:

  • Dystonia
  • Essential tremor
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Multiple system atrophy (MSA)
  • Ataxia
  • Corticobasal degeneration (CBD)
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP)

Join Us

To those who say one man can’t make a difference, we say, “Why not try?” Celebrity Chef Kerry Simon did. When he received a diagnosis at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health of MSA, a quickly progressing variant of PD, he lost no time in rallying his culinary and musical connections to raise funds to fight the deadly disease. You, too, can make a difference by leveraging your connections, large or small. Learn about personal fundraising options with Keep Memory Alive.