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What is the average life expectancy for someone with Parkinson's?

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Parkinson's disease is not a fatal disease, so life expectancy is the same as the average person, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. When medications are no longer effective in the late stages of Parkinson's disease, choking, falls and pneumonia may occur.

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Medications and surgery are the treatment options available for those with Parkinson's disease, claims the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. These options may slow the progression of this already slow-moving disease. It is not possible to know the severity or the course of the disease for individuals, but there are five stages that most people experience. Most people become bedridden and bound to a wheelchair by stage 5.

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