Silver Book Fact

As Parkinson’s progresses, substantial disability–including the inability to maintain balance, walk, speak, and move–makes assisted living and nursing home care necessary.

Reference

Title
About Parkinson’s Disease
Authors
Parkinson's Action Network
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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