CARING FOR A LOVED ONE WITH PARKINSON’S

When one thinks of Parkinson’s the (2) two people who usually come to mind are boxing great Mohammad Ali and actor  Michael J. Foxx.  Many see the devastating effect Parkinson’s had especially on Mohammad Ali.  During the latter stage of Mohammad Ali’s life. we saw the tremors and the slowness in his movements – two (2) common symptoms of Parkinson’s,

What is Parkinson?

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive degenerative disorder that affects nerve cells, or neurons, in the part of the brain that controls movement   In Parkinson’s disease, a certain group of nerve cells in the brain that produce the chemical dopamine dies. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease appear when at least 80 percent of the dopamine-producing neurons are damaged.  There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.

The average age for the onset of Parkinson’s is 65; however, 5-10 percent gets young-onset Parkinson’s before the age of 40.  Parkinson’s affects slightly more men than women.

(Please watch the video below to learn more about Parkinson’s and Young-Oonset Parkinson’s in particular)

According to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, there are five (5) stages of Parkinson’s:

Stage 1 —  Individual experience tremors on one side of the body.  The individual changes in posture, walking and facial expressions.

Stage 2 —Tremors, rigidity and other movement symptoms affect both sides of the body. Walking problems and poor posture may become apparent. In this stage, the person is still able to live alone, but completing day-to-day tasks becomes more difficult and may take longer.

Stage 3 —This stage s considered mid-stage in the progression of the disease. Loss of balance and slowness of movements are hallmarks of this phase. Falls are more common. Though the person is still fully independent, symptoms significantly impair activities of daily living such as dressing and eating.

Stage 4 — During this stage of Parkinson’s, symptoms are severe and very limiting. It’s possible to stand without assistance, but movement may require a walker. The person needs help with activities of daily living and is unable to live alone.

Stage 5 — This is the most advanced and debilitating stage of Parkinson’s disease. Stiffness in the legs may make it impossible to stand or walk. The person requires a wheelchair or is bedridden. Around-the-clock nursing care is required for all activities. The person may experience hallucinations and delusions.

MediCrest Home Care Will Provide All The Help You Need Every Step of The Way

MediCrest Home Care will provide the compassionate, patient-centered care for you or your loved one at every stage of this disease.  We can provide personal care on a hourly or around-the-clock basis.  Each care team is supervised by a RN who will provide evaluation and modification to the Plan of Care, as needed.

 

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