What is Parkinson’s?

What is Parkinson’s? The name of Parkinson’s disease is taken from the name of the inventor, James Parkinson. According to the Chairperson of the Parkinson Indonesia Care Foundation, Dr. Banon Sukoandari, Sp.S., parkinsonism is a degenerative illness that attacks the brain due to a lack of dopamine in the brain.

“The main symptoms, movement disorders, and non-motor disorders. In many people with Parkinson’s, there is a cognitive disorder in various degrees, “said Banon, who was met at the event commemorating Parkinson’s Day” In Same with Parkinson’s: Come Play Angklung “in Jakarta, Sunday (05/02/2010).

Parkinson’s disease, according to Banon, is difficult to prevent and cure because the cause itself is difficult to ascertain. What is clear, when individuals lose more than 80 dopamine supplies, essential substances in the process of sending signals between brain nerve cells to regulate movement, then individuals will experience some symptoms of parkinsonism.

“First, there is uncontrolled shaking in the hands or feet at rest. Second, stiff limbs. Third, the movements slow down, walking disorders, and balance disorders, “Banon said.

To reduce these symptoms can be done with several therapies such as levodopa, carbidopa, and entacapone which help control the body movements of people with Parkinson’s. Besides, music therapy is also introduced, which helps people start movements based on musical rhythms. “Abroad has begun, music is adjusted to the preferences of patients,” Banon said.

The age that is prone to Parkinson’s disease is 60 years, although 1 in 20 cases attacks patients aged 40. The prevalence of Parkinson’s disease in the world reaches around 6.3 million. As many as 1.6 per 100 people over 65 years and 1 per 50 people over 80 years have Parkinson’s disease. “Although science cannot be prevented, it is better to approach the environment. Maintain the environment as well as possible, do not dispose of used batteries or pesticides carelessly, “said Dr. Banon.