Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disease.  The four primary motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are tremor, or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; rigidity, or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; bradykinesia, or slowness of movement; and postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination.  Other non-motor symptoms include cognitive changes; difficulty in swallowing, chewing, and speaking; urinary problems or constipation; skin problems; and sleep disruptions.  It's estimated 500,000 to 1.5 million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, and PAN is the unified advocacy voice for them, their families, friends, caregivers, and community.  PAN advocates work for better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Learn more about Parkinson’s disease, its history, symptoms, and the issues on which PAN is working on to make life better for those living with this disease.

People who are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease can visit this section to learn more about the resources PAN has available for you.  From materials, Web links, and PAN advocates around the country, PAN hopes to educate and connect people who are newly diagnosed with important resources.

There are also other national Parkinson’s disease organizations working on behalf of the Parkinson’s community.  These organizations work together and independently in the search for a cure.  Learn more about these partner organizations.


PAN Board Member Karl Robb speaks about Parkinson's disease in this Comcast Newsmakers interview: