Culture and Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disease characterized by a rhythmic tremor of more parts of the body, rigidity of the muscles, and difficulty in imitating or maintains coordinated movements and alteration in body posture. This disorder begins in adult life usually after 50 years of age. In the year of 2040 studies shows that it may become the second most prolific cause of death to the elderly. In the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson Disease are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have it. The Center for Disease control rated complications from Parkinson’s disease as the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. Worldwide, it is estimated that four to six million people suffer from the condition. 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 weighed and measured are preparation of the fore knowledge of events and expectations and anticipatory grief, and spirituality is the belief or non-belief in a hereafter. Developing skills to deal with the advancement of the disease and the possibility of death help to produce closure and bring peace to the heart, mind, and soul.
Although no one really knows the frequency of this disease it is estimated that at least 1% of the United States population over 50 years of age is afflicted in all races and in occurs in both sexes all over the world. Some of the ways that this disease is so debilitating is that it slowly begins to remove the individual from what he or she would consider the normalcy of his or her...