The degeneration or damage of nerve cells located at the top of the brain stem. Slight tremors of a hand, arm or leg are common and extreme muscle stiffness may occur where it becomes difficult to perform tasks such as buttoning clothes, walk or speak.
More Common Terms
- Aging in Place A concept that advocates for allowing an individual to remain in his/her home and the community regardless of cognitive or functional impairments.
- Living Will A legal document that describes individuals' wishes and preferences about lifesaving medical treatments should they not be able to communicate their wishes directly.
- Social Security A federally-administered program that provides monthly benefits to eligible workers who are either disabled or age 62 and over, and certain family members.