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Stages and Progression of Parkinson’s Disease

Posted Sep 11 2008 3:37pm

One of my blog readers asked me the following question about the stages of Parkinson‘s Disease (PD).

“We just found out my mom has PD and have had trouble finding the 'stages' of PD we keep hearing about. Is there anywhere we can find them?”

My Response:

The three primary measures of the stages and progression of PD are the Hoehn and Yahr Staging of Parkinson’s Disease, the Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale, and the Schwab and England Activities of Daily Living. They can be found at the Parkinson Association of the Rockies website at: http://www.parkinsonrockies.org/progression.html

If you are asking about when your mom might die, that’s an entirely different matter. I could be flippant and say that it is just between your mom and God or that your mom will die with PD and not from PD.

Frankly, my greatest worry is when and how I am going to die. The only blog posting that I started but didn’t finish was about dying with or from PD. Until I’m more comfortable with completing this blog posting, you’ll need to talk to your mom's neurologist and/or do your own research on this matter. Or perhaps this is one of life's mysteries.

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