Did you know that every year about 50,000 to 60,000 people in the U.S. are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, according to the National Parkinson’s Foundation? Usually the disease affects people who are over the age of 60, although Parkinson’s disease can strike young people, as it did to actor Michael J. Fox.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive illness that affects as many as as one million people in the U.S., according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. It affects more people than multiple sclerosis (MS), muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—also called Lou Gehrig’s disease—combined. There are five stages of Parkinson’s that range from mild symptoms (Stage 1) to severe stiffness, making those with the disease unable to care for themselves (Stage 5).
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