Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that can cause changes in movement and thinking.
Symptoms of Parkinson's disease include (but are not limited to):
- slowed movement
- impaired balance
- speech may become quieter and more monotone
- writing often becomes small and/or illegible
- visual changes
- difficulties with attention, slowed thinking, distractibility, organization, and memory
The neuropsychological evaluation is often requested to better clarify the type and extent of cognitive changes that have occurred because of Parkinson's disease. Results from the evaluation can often help with treatment planning and improving safety within the home. The evaluation involves a comprehensive assessment that addresses changes in mood, motor functioning, and thinking.