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Parkinson’s disease… more than a movement disorder.

on January 22, 2014

Kaitlyn Roland

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is more than a movement disorder.

Dementia is one of the things people worry about. And a number of people with PD can develop cognitive changes. I want to stress these are DIFFERENT things.

Dementia is a loss of intellectual function (memory, reason, problem solving, abstract reasoning) which is qualitatively different from a previous state of life. Dementia is chronic and progressive and impairs vocational/social function. *Remember the difference between dementia (the umbrella term) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD – a type of dementia)… read more about that HERE.

Now, AD, a type of dementia, involves the external part of the brain (the wrinkly part!), including the neocortex, and typically presents with memory/learning problems.


This is different than cognitive changes that occur in PD.

The basal ganglia part of the brain (subcortical – inner part of brain!) is affected in PD. The basal ganglia is…

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13 responses to “Parkinson’s disease… more than a movement disorder.

  1. bulldog says:

    Interesting read…

  2. Dear Julie , thanks for posting this and telling us about the dementia part. I went to see a client yesterday who has PD and she has started with the dementia. My aunt never had that although she had PD for about 50 years. It has been helpful so please keep blogging when you can. Hope things go OK with Ming

  3. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Excellent reblog, Julie. Truly interesting.

  4. FlaHam says:

    Julie, Thank you, as painful as it is for you to share this, I appreciate it. This information truly helps me have a better understanding of what’s going on with Ants. Thanks, Bill

  5. I found this very interesting……………….

  6. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

    Thanks for sharing, Julie.
    Very interesting to read.

  7. Very informative and well done! Really connects the dots and puts into perspective how much more is happening with this disease beyond what we can see. Thanks for sharing.

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