Parkinson's Disease

How does Parkinson's progress?

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    Parkinson's disease progresses differently in each person it affects. Some people become disabled relatively swiftly; others have only minor problems that worsen gradually.

    Typically, the disease progresses until the person starts to notice distinct changes in the ability to speak, to walk or to perform other activities of daily living.

    In later stages, people with Parkinson's disease can develop muffled speech, a shuffling walk, small and illegible handwriting, depression, difficulty chewing, difficulty swallowing, a blank stare and constipation.

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