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Welcome to The Climb

March 6, 2024

Welcome to The Climb, your weekly journey with Lifecycle Sherpa, where we explore Parkinson’s Disease, its symptoms, treatments, tips, techniques, and build a supportive and knowledgeable community.

This week’s trail leads us to…an introduction!

Topic: What even is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive (meaning it gets worse) neurological (meaning it affects the brain and/or spinal cord) disease, which affects movement of the body. You may also hear the term, “neurodegenerative”. This means the same thing; the brain degenerates, or get worse, over time.

How?: The nerve cells (called neurons) in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra become damaged. The neurons in this part of the brain make a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine plays a key role in allowing our body to make smooth and balanced movements by transmitting information

The bottom line: Decreased dopamine causes decline in smooth movements, balance, coordination, proprioception (body’s awareness of where it is in space), and increased tremors, stiffness and slowness.

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