Parkinson Voice Project

Neuropsychological Testing and Cognitive Challenges in Parkinson's

The cognitive disturbances related to Parkinson's differ from those associated with Alzheimer's and other dementias. The most common challenges are related to attention, word finding, multi-tasking, and a slower processing of information. It is not unusual for individuals with Parkinson's to be referred for neuropsychological testing to assess cognitive functioning, whether it be to gather baseline measurements or to assist in determining candidacy for deep brain stimulation. This lecture reviews neuropsychological testing and what patients and family members should expect before, during, and after the assessment.

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