Parkinson's Disease

Basic Facts

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder that affects the brain’s ability to control the way you move. Parkinson’s disease mainly affects older adults. Over one million adults in the U.S. have Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease is progressive, meaning it gradually gets worse over time. However, the rate at which symptoms worsen varies from person to person, and many people can live for years without serious problems. While there is no cure for the disease, there are medications and treatments that help ease its symptoms and improve quality of life.

Last Updated October 2020