Addiction Professional - NAADAC

Parkinson's Disease


   Credits
2.75 CE credit hours training
   Cost
$13.75
   Source
Michael T. Sapko
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Course Description

Parkinson's disease is an age-related deterioration of certain nerve systems, which affects your movement, balance, and muscle control. The disease affects dopamine receptors and is associated with significantly increased risk for depression. This training covers early manifestations of the disease, medical treatment options, rehabilitation, work and life adjustments and stages of grief and reactions to the diagnosis.

Introduction
Parkinson’s disease is neurodegenerative disorder that causes difficulties with movement and behavior that become progressively worse over time. It is one of the most common neurological disorders affecting about 1 percent of people over the age of 60 and is the second most common movement disorder. Parkinson’s disease manifests itself in several characteristics ways including a resting tremor, cogwheel rigidity and postural instability. Other common features are “masked facies,” a poverty of movement and the phenomenon of “freezing.” Many of the neurological problems associated with Parkinson’s disease can be linking to a destruction of dopamine-containing neurons in a region of the brain called the substantia nigra. Perhaps the current most famous person with the disease is the actor Michael J. Fox, who has raised public awareness about the disease and continues to work toward raising money for rese


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