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Helping a Senior Cope with Parkinson’s Disease

Elderly Care in Havana FL

Parkinson’s disease is defined as a progressive disorder of the central nervous system that is caused by brain cells not producing enough dopamine, which keeps the body moving. This condition Elderly-Care-in-Havana-FLcan make it nearly impossible for the elder to move without trembling or having muscle stiffness. Someone with this condition may also need help from an elderly care provider, who can accomplish all of the tasks that the senior is no longer able to do.

Symptoms

The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are not the same for each person. In fact, the symptoms can change for each person as the disease progresses. Here are some of the most common ones to watch for and to alert their doctor of.

  • The elder may begin to move slower and repetitive movements may become too difficult for them to do
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Frequent tremors, or shaking, of the hands, fingers, mouth, chin, feet, or forearms
  • Poor balance and difficulty standing upright, making it challenging for them to use proper posture

There are also some symptoms that are secondary motor and non-motor sensory symptoms. These symptoms will not affect everyone, but here are some of the most common ones to watch for.

  • Frequently freezing when walking
  • Handwriting becomes small and cramped and progressively gets worse
  • A less expressive face
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Speech may begin to slur or become slow
  • Changes in emotional health, including depression or anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Lack of smell
  • Loss of energy or fatigue
  • Problems with sleep

How to Help

Along with treatments from the doctor, there are several things you can also do to help your loved one manage their Parkinson’s disease. Some of these tips include:

  • Exercise. If your loved one is constantly battling with anxiety or depression, regular exercise can help. It is a great way to relieve stress and any worries that are taking over their thoughts.
  • Start mingling. Socializing with others will not only help prevent isolation and depression from happening, but can also help boost the elder’s memory.
  • Quit smoking. Smokers are at a higher risk for memory loss and cognitive decline. If your loved one smokes, encourage them to talk to their doctor about programs that will make it easier for them to quit.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is needed to help consolidate memories and store them so that they can be retrieved later. Without getting plenty of rest, the elder’s hippocampus will be unable to grow new neurons, which could cause memory problems and other physical ailments.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Havana, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

Source:  http://www.helpguide.org/articles/alzheimers-dementia/parkinsons-disease-and-dementia.htm

Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.