6. Resources for Parkinson’s disease

Information resources and a glossary of terms to help you find out more about Parkinson’s Disease.

Links to reliable websites for further information

Parkinson’s Victoria website

Information about what is Parkinson’s Disease from Parkinson’s Victoria

Parkinson’s Foundation website

Information about what is Parkinson’s Disease from Parkinson’s Foundation

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research website

Information about what is Parkinson’s Disease from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

Glossary

Basal ganglia
a group of structures or nuclei located deep in the brain that are primarily responsible for the control of movement

Bradykinesia
slowness of movement, one of the key signs of Parkinson’s disease

Deep brain stimulation
small electrodes placed in specific areas of the brain that deliver electric pulses to control some motor symptoms, e.g. tremor in Parkinson’s disease

Dyskinesia
involuntary muscle movements involving one or more body parts caused by some PD medications

Dysphagia
difficulty swallowing

Dystonia
involuntary painful muscle contractions leading to abnormal body postures

Freezing
sudden involuntary inability to start moving or continue walking

Rigidity
stiffness of the muscles, one of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

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