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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive degenerative disorder of the central nervous system mainly affecting the motor system or a person’s movement. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement related; these include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, difficulty walking and gait. Later, thinking and behavioral problems may arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease, often with Lewy Bodies, and depression being the most common psychiatric symptom. Other symptoms may include sensory, sleep and emotional problems. The incidence and prevalence of PD increase with age, and data suggests that 3% of Medicare-Medicaid enrollees have Parkinson’s disease.
This webinar emphasizes the recognition of PD, the treatment options, the importance of an interdisciplinary care team, and the impact of the illness on affected older adults and their caregivers.
The webinar emphasizes the following learning objectives:
- Identify common signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
- Demonstrate knowledge of common treatment options
- Click here for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease Resource Guide: This supplemental resource guide is intended for providers and health plans to disseminate to their clients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their caregivers.
- Liana Rosenthal, MD, Director, Clinical Core of the Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
- Gregory Pontone, MD, Director, Parkinson’s Disease Neuropsychiatric Clinic, Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
- Arita McCoy, RN, BSN, Nurse Coordinator, Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
- Maryann Powderly, Family Caregiver
 Kasper, J., O’Malley Watts, M., & Lyons, B. (2010). Chronic Disease and Co‐Morbidity Among Dual Eligibles: Implications for Patterns of Medicaid and Medicare Service Use and Spending. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/8081.pdf.