Parkinsons often goes undetected
The early stages of Parkinson’s, a neurological disease, often manifest in mild symptoms that can be explained by the natural passage of time, which explains why Parkinson’s can often be difficult to diagnose. The slowing movements and muscle stiffness that characterise early Parkinson’s, for example, can be experienced by many people as they age. Eventually, these early complaints can intensify, eventually becoming clearer symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Medical treatment can offer some relief to people with Parkinson’s, and Guardian Angel Carers can facilitate this treatment and make sure that home environments are comfortable and safe.
Motor symptoms like tremors in the hands, arms, or legs, muscle rigidity, impaired balance and the loss of spontaneous movement all characterise Parkinson’s disease, but they are not precisely understood by doctors. In order to determine if a person has Parkinson’s, a GP will likely refer his or her patient to a neurologist, whose specialisation is the brain and nervous system, and/or a geriatrician, whose specialisation is problems that affect the elderly. Sometimes, the diagnosis process involves brain scans and a trial of the medication levodopa.
The progressive nature of Parkinson’s disease means that the condition changes over time, and different people experience the stages of Parkinson’s in different ways. As physical symptoms worsen, minor problems with walking might develop into a worrying inability to maintain one’s balance. At this point, the accomplishment of simple tasks might begin to feel out of reach. Guardian Angel Carers are ready and able to assist with activities around the home that are becoming increasingly difficult while also providing sensitive encouragement and emotional support. As Parkinson’s progresses, our Angels will stand by, ready to do what is necessary to ensure safety and comfort.
There are four main symptoms of Parkinson’s that have to do with motor skills and motor control:
- Postural instability
- Gradual loss of spontaneous movement (bradykinesia).
Parkinson’s primarily impacts a body’s ability to move, but it also has non-motor symptoms that affect the brain and the body. These symptoms may vary, both in variety and intensity, but all cases of Parkinson’s involve nerve damage in both the brain and the body. Impairment to cognition, mental state and affect is a challenging aspect of having Parkinson’s, and the coexistence of symptoms that impact both mind and body explains why Parkinson’s is known as a multisystem neurodegenerative disorder as well as a movement disorder. Many people with Parkinson’s learn successfully to live with the complications of both facets to the condition, and our Angels are well-versed in how best to take care of one’s body and mind during this time.
Though there is no known cure for Parkinson’s and no clear way to slow or stop the progression of the disorder, people with Parkinson’s can experience some relief thanks to medication, physical therapy, and devices like walkers and canes. These approaches to treatment of the disease can help people with Parkinson’s cope better with the symptoms of the disorder and maintain a quality of life that otherwise might be lacking. Guardian Angel Carers can easily work in tandem with any recommendations from doctors and other medical professionals on various goals developed within the context of a treatment plan and beyond.
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