April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Parkinson’s is the world’s fastest-growing neurological disease. Canada has some of the world's highest rates, and it is growing quickly.

Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease. Movement is normally controlled by dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain. When cells that normally produce dopamine die, the symptoms of Parkinson’s appear.

Most common symptoms

• Tremor

• Slowness and stiffness

• Impaired balance

• Rigidity of the muscles

Other symptoms

• Fatigue

• Soft speech

• Problems with handwriting

• Stooped posture

• Constipation

• Sleep disturbances

Promyse Home Care, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s can take time.

Currently, there is no cure. You can live with Parkinson’s for years. The symptoms are treated with medication. Some people with Parkinson’s may benefit from surgery. The following therapies can also help manage the symptoms:

• Physical therapy helps mobility, flexibility, and balance

• Occupational therapy helps with daily activities

• Speech therapy helps with voice control

• Exercise helps muscles and joints and improves overall health and well-being

Parkinson’s can progress at a different rate for each person. As symptoms change, medication will need to be adjusted. As the disease progresses, non-motor symptoms may also appear, such as depression, difficulty swallowing, sexual problems or cognitive changes.

Depression is one of the most common, and most disabling, non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. As many as 50 per cent of people with Parkinson’s experience the symptoms of clinical depression at some stage of the disease. Some people experience depression up to a decade or more before experiencing any motor symptoms of Parkinson’s.

It is important to find a doctor who is knowledgeable about Parkinson’s, ideally a neurologist.

By working with a health-care team, a treatment plan can be created that will meet the person’s individual needs.

Promyse Home Care, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge

Every Parkinson’s experience is unique.

The symptoms and progression will vary from person to person. Living with Parkinson’s requires an individualized approach which includes all aspects of your life (a holistic approach).

The healthcare team at Promyse Home Care has experience caring for seniors through all stages of Parkinson’s Disease. We understand that symptoms may worsen rapidly; we are prepared to adapt and adjust your loved one’s level of care. Our compassionate, individualized approach puts seniors’ immediate needs at the heart of everything we do.

We work with your parent or loved one to always monitor and assess their health for maximum safety and security.

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