Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative nervous system disorder. It causes tremors, rigidity, and sometimes dementia. This degenerative disease has been hard to diagnose because symptoms come on slowly and vary widely among patients. However, studies have shown that it is possible to diagnose Parkinson’s through a voice recording alone, and this is the purpose of the Parkinson’s Voice Initiative.
What Is The Parkinson’s Voice Initiative?
Parkinson’s disease affects the voice as well as the body. Dr. Max Little, an MIT research fellow, developed new technology to test for Parkinson’s disease by using voice recordings. This is a big advancement because previously there was no accurate test for Parkinson’s disease. Voice recordings are not only accurate, they also take little time, can be done on the phone, and reduce costs by being done remotely.
The Parkinson’s Voice Initiative is not currently designed to diagnose Parkinson’s, but rather they hope to collect 11,000 voice recordings to build a database to eventually screen for Parkinson’s symptoms. People who are healthy as well as those with Parkinson’s disease are asked to call 1-857-284-8035 to leave their anonymous voice recording if they wish to contribute to the research database.
What Does This Mean For Me?
An accurate test to diagnose Parkinson’s disease is necessary for finding a cure. About 6 million people in the world have Parkinson’s and 60,000 more Americans are diagnosed with the disease every year. If your aging loved one has already been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, you may want to consider hiring a Parkinson’s caregiver in Scottsdale.
The voice recording test is not only important in finding a cure, it also means that people diagnosed with Parkinson’s could potentially start treatment sooner. While voice testing is still a new advancement, is has proven to be a promising one for aging adults who are concerned about Parkinson’s disease.
If your aging loved one is currently living with Parkinson’s and needs assistance with in-home tasks, contact Scottsdale Home Care Assistance at 480.448.6215. We have trained and experienced Parkinson’s caregivers available to help on an hourly or 24/7 basis.