Parkinsons Disease Center

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive movement disorder affecting the lives of at least 500,000 individuals across the United States. The disease primarily affects the nervous system and several regions of the brain, mostly in the substantia nigra region, which helps to control balance and movement. 

There are about 60,000 new cases of Parkinson's disease identified each year, averaging out to about 13 out of 100,000 people in the US. Early symptoms, which typically occur in people over the age of 50, are often subtle and develop at...