Parkinson's Disease in Michigan


Parkinson's Disease is a defect in the cells of the brain that produce dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical substance that enables nerve cells to send messages to other nerve cells. A lack of dopamine causes the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.

Risk Factors

  • Carbon monoxide or manganese poisoning
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Encephalitis
  • Positive family history

Signs and Symptoms

  • Muscle Rigidity and weakness
  • Tremors that decrease on purposeful movements
  • Slow movements
  • Mask-like facial expression
  • Constipation
  • Shuffling gait
  • Stooped gait
  • Stooped posture
  • Slow speech
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Short-term memory loss


  • Falls
  • Contractures
  • Depression

Affinity Teaching Guide

  • Exercise daily, with regular rest periods
  • Follow safety precautions (remove scatter rugs, install handrails, etc.)
  • Obtain adequate nutrition
  • Include social and Diversional activities to promote emotional and physical well being
  • Obtain assistive and self-help devices to promote independence
  • Obtain Emotional Support from support groups, spiritual help, counseling etc.
  • Take medication as ordered
  • Learn walking techniques

Contact Us Today.


2569 Union Lake Rd.

Commerce Township, MI 48382

Phone: (248) 363-8650   Fax: (248) 363-8652