Parkinson’s Disease

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    Parkinson’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that has a prevalence of approximately 1% in the population over age 55. The general understanding of Parkinson’s disease is that patients often exhibit tremors, stiffness, changes in posture, and slow movement; however, emotional disorders, difficulty swallowing and speaking, cognitive decline, and dementia, are also associated with the disease. Rehabilitation for Parkinson’s disease focuses on training trunk postural stability and strength, the control of tension and tremor, limb extension and joint flexibility, functional activities of daily living, and cognitive function.