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What is the goal of treatment for Parkinson's disease?

The goal of treatment for Parkinson's disease is to keep a person functioning as independently as possible for as long as possible. Although there is no cure for Parkinson's disease, there are a number of treatment options. Parkinson's symptoms are different in each person, so treatment must be decided on an individual basis.

Another goal is to treat both the motor (movement-related) symptoms of Parkinson's, such as shaking and trouble walking, and the non-motor symptoms, such as depression and trouble sleeping. Some of the non-motor symptoms often are not recognized in terms of quality of life. More recently, there has been a greater emphasis on treating the whole picture and having a holistic view. Doctors will get a sense of what bothers a person the most and treat the most bothersome symptoms.

The importance of exercise and physical activity cannot be overstated. It is as important as medication.
 
 

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