Paralysis: Loss of movement in a part of the body.
Perception: The way the brain interprets what one sees.
Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG): A form of feeding in which nutrition is delivered via a tube that is surgically inserted into the stomach or intestine through the skin. Also known as a gastric tube.
Perseveration: Being stuck on one idea, action or response and unable to move on from it.
Plaque: A fatty buildup of cholesterol and calcium inside an artery.
Power of Attorney (POA): A legal agreement to appoint another individual to make financial, property and health decisions if someone is not able to make his or her own decisions. The appointed person is called a substitute decision maker (SDM) and makes decisions about personal matters in the best interests of that individual.
Pulmonary embolism: A serious medical condition caused by a blockage of the pulmonary artery (which carries blood from the heart to the lungs), usually by a blood clot or fat.