Caring for Loved Ones With Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is not easy to cope with. In order to help your loved ones, you need to get informed about the disease. When you get acquainted with the basics it will be easier to understand and develop a healthy approach towards dealing with it.

Disillusionment

First of all, people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease can have a healthy and happy life. The disease is caused by damaged neurons and causes the brain to create less dopamine that the body needs. This can sound harsh but with the right treatment, it can bring your loved one to live a fulfilled life. It is important to follow the doctor’s orders and stick to the recommended therapy.

Understanding

This is the best thing you can offer to a loved one who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Though the caring process might be cumbersome at times you need to be patient and understanding as much as you can. Some people go a long period of time without even knowing they have PD. Keep an eye out for any early symptoms and help them on time. If the disease has developed to a degree where your care is insufficient, don’t hesitate to contact a Parkinson’s clinic.

Hope

Some scientists are trying to find a way to slow down the deterioration of the neurons. In other words, slow down the development of Parkinson’s disease. Most therapies have particularly this purpose – since there is no known cure. However, medicine is developing at a fast pace nowadays and we can hope for better options in the near future.
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Symptoms

It is important to catch the symptoms early on so the parkinson’s disease treatment can commence on time. Pay attention to any signs of unusual behavior. Some of the symptoms may include depression, apathy, sleep disorder, constipation, cognitive interference etc.
Keep in mind that not everyone will display the same symptoms. Also, remember that different symptoms occur in different stages of the disease. Here is a brief overview of the stages.

First Stage

This stage has to do with physical appearance. For example, if a person has developed different posture, facial expression, or an odd walk – you should get them checked. Stage one can be spotted while following the person’s day to day activities.

Second Stage

In this stage potential tremor increases and even stiffness of the body can occur. This might affect movement and general mobility.

Third Stage

The middle stage displays a lack of balance, slow movement, even falling down. The person will still be independent but physically very unstable. They would require help with eating, dressing, and keeping themselves clean.

Fourth Stage

This stage is harsh and very restrictive for the person suffering from PD. They will not be able to stand alone and would need help walking all the time. They lose their independence and require daily care.

Fifth Stage

Stage five is complete stiffness of limbs. The person is not able to stand or walk. They are bedridden and immobile. They will require medical attention 24/7.