Parkinsons disease is a brain disorder with symptoms including shaking, difficulty walking, swallowing, and speaking. Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common nervous system disorders in the elderly, generally affecting people over the age of 50, however younger adults with the disease in their family can also be affected.
What are the Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinsons is caused by a deficiency of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is the chemical that nerve cells use to control muscle movement. The disease destroys the cells that make dopamine, which makes it impossible for the brain to send the proper signals to the muscles.
It can affect one or both sides of the body and the rate of decline varies between patients. Early symptoms can include a foot feeling a little bit stiff or a minor tremor. More severe symptoms can include problems with automatic movements such as blinking, drooling, difficulty swallowing, balance, walking problems, muscle aches, pain and stiffness, shaking and tremors, slowed and more quiet speech, and a monotonous voice.
Parkinsons disease treatments involve minimizing symptoms as there is currently no cure for the disease. Medications can help increase dopamine levels, while a healthier lifestyle involving nutrition and exercise can help to control symptoms. Some patients use special eating utensils and have railings installed in their homes to help with activities of daily living. Physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy can help people with Parkinson’s enjoy a better quality of life.
Parkinsons disease affects each patient differently, so each individual needs customized care. HealthNow Home Healthcare develops treatment programs that include the necessary therapies as well as helping with medication administration and homemaking tasks. These services include:
HealthNow Home Healthcare can also provide trained professionals if extra nursing or therapy is needed in the home. These include: