Hi Ana! How did your doctor's appointment go the other day?
Not too well. It turns out the tremors I've been experiencing are early signs of Parkinson's disease.
It's a neurodegenerative disorder that affects muscle movement.
I'm not quite sure yet. I have another appointment later today to discuss what can be done.
Oh no! Can it be treated?
Later That Day. . .
Unfortunately, treatment for Parkinson's disease only treat symptoms. Conventional options include different medications and surgeries.
What about my quality of life from here on out?
There are many alternative treatment options in addition to conventional methods. Current research is looking into the benefits of trained professionals administering musical interventions to patients with movement disorders.
What kinds of benefits could making music have for patients with Parkinson's disease?
Music therapy offers a sense of community and motivation, and can enhance upper motor dexterity in a noninvasive way. It can considerably improve overall quality of life.
Wow, that sounds great. Maybe I'll give it a try!
2 Weeks Later. . .
Hello class! I will be the instructor for your first session!