Parkinson’s disease, which is both chronic and progressive, is a degenerative disorder that effects the central nervous system, thereby impairing an individual’s motor skills, speech and other functions. Parkinson’s disease belongs to a group of conditions that are termed movement disorders and can be characterized by muscle rigidity, a slowing of physical movement, tremor, and a loss of physical movement. The most common symptoms are the result of decreased stimulation of the motor cortex, often caused by insufficient formation and action of dopamine. Additional symptoms can include a high level of cognitive dysfunction and language problems.
Parkinson’s disease can include many cognition, mood and behavior problems that can be just as disabling as motor symptoms. The cognitive disturbances of Parkinson’s disease can occur even in the initial, early-stages of the disease. Many Parkinson’s disease sufferers will have mild cognitive impairment as the disease advances. The cognitive problems and dementia are usually accompanied by behavior and mood alterations that can lead to depression, apathy, and anxiety.
Parkinson’s disease is second to only Alzheimer’s disease among neurodegenerative diseases among Americans.
Having experiance first hand the effects of Parkinson’s disease, we at the Michigan Elder Law Center, understand what those suffering from Parkinson’s and their loved ones are going through and we are dedicated to easing both the emotional and financial burden that the disease places on families.
As Michigan elder law lawyers, we can assist Michigan families, residing in Oakland county, Wayne county, and Macomb county, who have loved ones who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease. At the Michigan Elder Law Center, we design and implement legal plans that provide the highest level of care while still protecting the hard earned assets of your family.
We assist Michigan families who are facing a Parkinson’s disease diagnoses by assisting in Michigan Medicaid planning, Veterans Benefits planning and through the use of caregiver agreements, irrevocable asset protection trusts and the Michigan Family Defender Trust (MFDT).
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