Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia Panel

 

Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Dementia are neurological  diseases that affect the brain. Some of the symptoms of PD, AD, and  Dementia include memory loss, confusion, loss of coordination/motor skills,  and depression. Parkinson’s disease can also cause a variety of additional  problems, including difficulties with movement, tremors in the hands and  limbs, memory loss, and reduced mental functioning (such as problem  solving and controlling emotions). As we age, the likelihood of developing  conditions like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia increases. While  some causes of these diseases are still unknown, abnormalities in our genes  that have been linked with these diseases can sometimes be inherited from  our parents. Studies suggest that people with a family history of Parkinson’s,  Alzheimer’s, and Dementia may have a higher probability of developing  these conditions. Currently, there is no cure for these diseases; however,  medications are available to slow the progression of the disease and 

temporarily relieve symptoms. 

Genetic testing for PAD can help doctors identify patients who have a higher  risk of developing these diseases, allowing them to create a plan to combat  the onset and progression of symptoms. This genetic test is appropriate for  

people who have experienced any of the following symptoms: abnormal  imaging of the brain, difficulty moving or controlling the body, observable  intellectual decline that interferes with daily life, and notable memory loss. It  is also recommended for people experiencing changes in mood, behavior,  impaired language skills, and a decline in the ability to perform daily tasks  (like shopping and driving). 

Genetic testing for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia is minimally invasive, requiring only a simple swab of the inside of the cheek. Results are  typically available within 2 to 4 weeks. 

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