A friend 78 years old, shuffles when she walks, stoops, falls for no apparent reason, does not see well after cataract surgery this has all started with in one year. Has short term memory loss is it parkinson's?
Your . Your friend would need a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause of her symptoms. Symptoms of parkinsonâ€™s disease; which usually occurs in older people; can include problems with balance which could cause a person to fall over and difficulty walking which can result in a shuffling gait. Having a stooped posture is common. Emotional / cognitive symptoms can include memory loss, depression, hallucinations and dementia. Parkinsonism is broader in scope and includes any condition that has the same type of movement abnormalities that are seen in parkinson's disease. Causes for parkinsonism can include parkinsonâ€™ disease, certain medications, head injuries and certain types of dementia. Hopefully your friend has a good doctor who can determine what her diagnosis is.