Dec 19, 2017
People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are two times as likely to fall as other people their age. And while healthcare professionals recognize the extent of the problem, there is still a lot to learn about why they happen and what can be done to prevent them. Dr. Sotirios Parashos, Director of Research at the Struthers Parkinson's Center in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, explains that preventing falls involves a team of professionals, including physicians as well as occupational and physical therapists. He describes the magnitude of the problem in Parkinson’s, what is being done to minimize the risk of falls, and what people with PD should ask of their healthcare team.