Parkinson's Disease

The Onset, Progression, and Death due to Parkinson’s disease: How do we cope?
Liberty University
Coun 502
David Sexton
May 1, 2010


Parkinson’s disease is an ever present factor in the life of the aging. The fact that there is no known cause and no known cure only adds to the prevalence of its effects and the increasing chances of being diagnosed with it. Studies show that by the year 2040 it may become the second most prolific cause of death to the elderly. There are recognizable characteristics such as:   Akinesea, Tremor, and Dementia. These bring with them physical mental and spiritual strains. There are ways to deal with the anxiety and grief that will become a part of the life of the patient and the caregiver. Factors that will be weighed and measured are preparation (fore knowledge of events and expectations and anticipatory grief) and spirituality (belief or non belief in a hereafter). Developing skills to deal with the progression of the disease and the eventuality of death help to produce closure and bring peace to the heart, mind and soul.

Keywords: Parkinson ’s disease, Akinesia, Dementia, Anticipatory grief

As he/she walks into the room, you see a person that once walked proud and carried themselves with an air of confidence and dignity. You see a person struggling to get down the single step from the porch to the deck of their home. They have lived and thrived in this home for many years.   You see a flashback of the memories of how things used to be, but once again you are wrenched to the present. You are dealing with an elderly person that has been tragically diagnosed with the debilitating condition known as Parkinson’s disease.
“Parkinson's disease received its name from James Parkinson, author of "An Essay on the Shaking Palsy" published in 1817; however, the disease and its treatments have been described as early as 5000 BC in India.”(Day, Brown, 2009,p. 40)   “The prevalence of Parkinson’s disease is approximately 100...