The Effect of Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation on a 75 Year Old Male with Parkinson's Disease

Introduction: Mr. Brown is a 75 year old man who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease (PD). PD is a progressive neurodegenerative disease of the CNS affecting both the motor and cognitive systems. Specifically, PD is a disorder which is characterized by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra and basal ganglia consequently diminishing motor function and causing non-motor symptoms. Typical symptoms include bradykinesia, akinesia, rigidity, resting tremor, postural instability, decreased dexterity and facial expression, as well as mild cognitive impairment and dementia. The purpose of this case study is to determine the efficacy of rhythmic auditory stimulation as a treatment for bradykinesia and decreased gait speed in patients with PD.