Have you recently observed the following symptoms in your elderly loved one?
- Tremor or shaking of the arms or legs
- Stiffness coupled with aching of the muscles
- Slow and/or with limited movement
- Difficulty in balancing or walking
If you do, you should be checked with a physician who specialized Parkinson’s Disease. This particular disease is a progressive condition which occurs when the brain’s nerve cells fail to produce dopamine- a chemical which sends signals to the part of the brain which controls an individual’s movement. This is the primary reason that if someone suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, one’s movement is greatly affected.
Parkinson’s Disease surprisingly affects a significant portion of the US population: at least 1 million citizens, which are mostly ageing from sixty-five years and above. Thus, whether you have a loved one recently diagnosed with the disease or if you have a senior loved one, you should make sure to know the following facts.
- Parkinson’s Disease is a movement disorder.
The disease is considered as progressive because it gets worse over time. As the cells of the nervous system slowly fail to produce dopamine, the muscles become stiffer every time and an individual slowly losses control of one’s movement.
For this reason, the common first symptom that a patient may feel is tremor. Initially, one may feel one arm or leg shaking and eventually, it starts to affect the muscles of the whole body. In fact, it can also lead to difficulty in swallowing or constipation.
- But, Parkinson’s Disease is more than just tremors.
Indeed, the disease primarily affects the motor skills of a person. Be that as it may, not all people who experience tremors in their body have Parkinson’s Disease; nor all people with the disease feel only tremor. A patient’s non-motor skills may also get affected by the disease.
Among the non-motor skills which may get affected due to Parkinson’s disease are the loss of the sense of smell, dryness of skin, bladder problems, depression and cognitive loss. Some neurologists have also noted that a person with Parkinson’s Disease is at high risk of getting skin cancer, and this is why they suggest them to get screened for skin cancer regularly.
- Indeed, it is difficult to diagnose.
Here’s a fact- there is no standard diagnostic test for Parkinson’s Disease. Specialists therefore rely on the medical history of a patient and some neurological test to provide an accurate diagnosis on whether one is already suffering from Parkinson’s Disease or not.
- However, it is not that fatal.
Having Parkinson’s Disease alone will not kill a patient. Since it will only affect a person’s movement or motor skills, a person living with Parkinson’s Disease will not die due to that. Nonetheless, some patients, who are not properly cared for, develop complications which become the reason for their death.
This is why, hiring the best homecare services in Redlands California for your senior loved ones are vital when they have Parkinson’s Disease. With professional care, you will be assured that they will be in the right hands and are properly cared of.
- On the brighter side, one can fight Parkinson’s Disease with exercise.
Various researches conducted by brain specialists have discovered that engaging in physical activities can help a Parkinson’s Disease patient to feel better, as well as to gain balance and coordination. As a way to help, care professionals of Golden Arch Home Healthcare LLC encourage our care benefactors to be physically active through minimal exercises to get better.