Parkinson's disease is a neurological disease which mainly affects seniors and 90% of patients are over 60. The number of Canadians with Parkinson's disease is expected to double by 2030. While Parkinson's disease is mainly characterized by physical symptoms (tremors and slow movements), it's often the non-physical symptoms that have the greatest impact on quality of life.
North York General Hospital Physician Dr. Joyce Lee says Parkinson's disease can affect a person's mood, anxiety levels, how they think, and even their sleep. Blood pressure and bowel habits are often also affected. Dr. Lee stresses the importance of understanding the disease, and seeking support to better manage the symptoms in order to live well with Parkinson's.