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
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) A group of chronic disorders that restrict flow of air into and out of the lungs. Disorder examples include asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.
- Acute care Any treatment to diagnose, prevent, or cure an illness or to provide primary care. Treatments can be provided in an outpatient or inpatient setting.
- Power of Attorney A legal document granting someone the right to make decisions for another. In the case of an elder, the document may relate to both financial and health care decisions.