A 50-year-old was just diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. The nurse would want to educate the family and increase their awareness about which of the following symptoms? Select all that apply.

Difficulty swallowing
Mask-like, blank expression
Muscle rigidity
Shuffling gait


• Muscle rigidity, mask-like blank expression, shuffling gait, and difficulty swallowing are all classic signs of Parkinson's disease 

• The nurse will want to teach the patient and family to monitor for the development of dysphagia, a dangerous symptom of Parkinson's that can lead to choking or aspiration pneumonia 

• A patient with Parkinson's will have a small-based gait 

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