Jack Perko began noticing physical difficulties 10 years ago. He recalls a day on the golf course when he couldn’t connect his club with the ball.
He also began to feel fatigued and sometimes had trouble gathering his thoughts.
Jan White began noticing trembling in her body about four years ago.
Perko and White, both Spring Lake residents, have Parkinson’s disease.
The disease causes their brain to stop making a chemical called dopamine. This chemical helps your body move and helps your mood, according to the National Parkinson Foundation.
The disease was named after James Parkinson, who wrote an essay in 1817 about the symptoms of the disease.