Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly in most people.
According to the National Parkinson Foundation, what happens is a person’s brain slowly stops producing dopamine, and with less dopamine, a person has less and less ability to regulate their movements, body and emotions.
Maura Horton’s husband has Parkinson’s, which she says has been a challenge for the entire family, including their two daughters. She says there are misconceptions about the incurable disease.
“So, Michael J Fox is the most visible probably presence of the disease and he has what we call tremor based Parkinson's and a lot of people more than 50% don't have that, the tremor based, where they're shaking, they have what we call rigidity, so they're kind of stuck or trapped and they're unable to move. Their brain is sending a signal to move but their body’s unable to do it and it's called rigidity,” Maura said.
Maura is the founder of Magna Ready, a clothing company that uses magnetic closures in dress shirts so people with limited mobility don’t have to struggle with traditional buttons.