Rebecca Gilbert , Education: M.D., Ph.D. , Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology, The Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson's and Movement Disorders, NYU Langone
If you have Parkinson’s disease (PD), or know someone who does, you likely know that PD affects dopamine levels in the brain. But did you know that PD also alters serotonin, norepinephrine and acetylcholine levels? All are chemicals in the brain that affect mood, thinking and behavior.
There are many aspects of cognition: thinking, understanding, learning, remembering, problem solving, language and more. This guide explains what affects your thinking (e.g., age, sleep problems, medications) and what cognitive changes can happen in Parkinson’s disease. It includes coping tips for both people with Parkinson’s and care partners and stories that show strategies others use to manage their thinking changes.