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What should you expect living with Parkinson’s disease?

This blog holds key insight surrounding what you should expect when living with Parkinson’s disease, how it can affect day to day life, and when you should potentially look for help. 

Parkinson’s disease is a condition that affects parts of the brain that have become progressively damaged over the years. Parkinson’s symptoms usually begin mildly and develop gradually over time with the severity differing dependent on the individual.

If you or a loved one is living with Parkinson’s disease then this can be a traumatic time for all involved. The purpose of this blog is to outline how a sufferer may be affected by the disease and how to combat the symptoms. 

Parkinson’s effect on day to day life

The main Parkinson’s symptoms directly impact physical movement. The most common Parkinson’s sign is tremors or general shaking that usually begins in the arms or hands. 

As time passes, it can become harder to perform everyday tasks as physical movements become slower. This is known as Bradykinesia, often resulting in a distinctive and small stepped shuffling walk. 

Muscle stiffness and tension can also occur in the muscles which makes it more difficult for sufferers to move around, walk and make facial expressions. Severe cases can also result in painful muscle cramps known as dystonia. 

Other physical Parkinson’s symptoms includes loss of automatic movements such as blinking and smiling. If your loved one is struggling to express their emotions, do not take this personally as this may be out of their control. Changes in speech can also make it harder for Parkinson’s sufferers to communicate efficiently as words may become slurred. 

Individuals with Parkinson’s disease may also face posture and balance problems as it becomes harder to control general movement. This means there’s a greater risk of injury through falling – it would be ideal for severe Parkinson’s sufferers to have support around at all times to prevent accidents. 

Another symptom of Parkinson’s disease is swallowing, chewing and eating problems that appear in various different forms. The body can easily become malnourished as natural appetite decreases and it is harder to prepare food for oneself. Having a helping hand around to safely provide nutritious daily meals can improve the overall health for those with Parkinson’s whilst dramatically decreasing the risk of danger. 

Parkinson’s sufferers may also face sleeping problems such as insomnia, in return this can cause excessive sleepiness throughout the day time and general fatigue, making it harder to perform everyday tasks. 

When to look for help with Parkinson’s

If you are struggling to maintain personal hygiene and complete important household tasks then it would be highly recommended to consider live-in or visiting care services. One to one support and specialist care tailored around individual needs can greatly enrich a Parkinson’s sufferers quality of life and improve overall happiness. 

Depression is common for those with Parkinson’s as the uncertainty can lead to decreases in mental health. It’s important to remember that you are not alone in these circumstances. There are many areas of support and treatment that can help you overcome this and become stronger – be sure to discuss this with your GP.

Trinity recommend that those who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease continually discuss the severity with a general practitioner. The GP can then decide upon potential solutions to your problems. If you are facing thinking difficulties or confusion then you should reach out for help instantly. A lack of awareness of what’s happening in your close surroundings can substantially increase the chances of injury and danger. 

Our Suggestions

As little as 2.5 hours exercise per week can slow the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms, whilst also improving mental health and sleeping problems. Many doctors suggest exercise can be as important as medication when it comes to controlling and managing Parkinson’s symptoms. 

If you are concerned that you need care services but do not want to leave the comfort of your own home – contact us today to discuss how we can help. Our care plans are tailored specifically around your wants and needs, helping you maintain your desired level of independence whilst receiving one to one personal care. This enables you and your family members to relax and concentrate on getting better.