Parkinson’s: An Introduction

affordable home care services for seniors assisted home care for older people at home caregivers non medical senior care home care in Minnesota“Louise” called our office one day, struggling to speak through her sobs.  “I can’t get out of my chair,” she eventually managed to push out.  Louise had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in her early 50s, and although it’s been a decade since her diagnosis, she and her husband are still struggling to find ways to live with her disease.  On this particular day, she was to be alone for two hours before her at-home caregiver arrived, and she panicked when she couldn’t get to the bathroom.

Approximately 1 million people in the U.S. have Parkinson’s disease, and 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.  Parkinson’s is a neurological disorder typically associated with tremor, slowness of movement, and muscle stiffness.

Currently there is no cure for this neurodegenerative brain disease, and cases are expected to rise significantly worldwide in the next 20 years as the aging population increases.  Early diagnosis of Parkinson’s gives individuals the best possibility for healthier living.  Initial warning signs of Parkinson’s disease include:

  • Tremor or shaking
  • Small handwriting
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble moving or walking
  • Constipation
  • A soft or low voice
  • A masked or serious-look face
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Stooping or hunching over

 

elderly home assistance eldercare at home help for the elderly home assistance senior companion care for older people at home caregiversIf you or anyone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, see a doctor to help diagnose the illness and rule out other possible symptom causes.

To help emphasize developments in managing the disease, the National Parkinson Foundation is sponsoring its second year of Moving Day events in 15 cities nationwide throughout 2012.  Right at Home is a Champion Sponsor of Moving Day, supporting the NPF in their effort to cure Parkinson’s disease.

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, a call for people nationwide to learn more about the disease and advocate for cutting-edge treatment and care for people with Parkinson’s.  April 11 is World Parkinson’s Day, when people across the globe are encouraged to be advocates for Parkinson’s disease patients and their families.

 

For more information about Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and Moving Day events, visit www.parkinsonmn.org or call 763-545-1272.

Paul Blom, Owner and CEO

 

 

March 7, 2012

 

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