What is Parkinson’s Disease?
“Region in the midbrain that is considered part of the basal ganglia.”
What Causes Parkinson’s Disease?
Are Tremors The Only Sign of Parkinson’s?
While many PD symptoms are related to movement, the signs to watch for also include those unrelated to motor control. In fact, the Parkinson’s Foundation notes that people with PD are often more impacted by their non-motor symptoms, which include:
Sleep behavior disorders
Loss of sense of smell
Finding The Right Care For Parkinson’s
PD can sometimes be challenging to diagnose, especially because its symptoms might mimic other disorders. A neurologist can examine current symptoms, compare medical and family histories, and rule out other conditions by ordering specific imaging tests, such as CT or MRI scans.
Occupational Therapy (OT):
An OT can help identify strategies that will allow the person living with PD to continue doing important activities independently. The OT will work on setting goals based on symptoms, disease progression, and lifestyle, then help to find ways to put those goals into action.
The journey through PD is long and difficult, but those impacted need not walk it alone. For the person living with PD and their caregiver, finding support groups (like the ones offered at Oakwood Creative Care) is vital in maintaining an increased quality of life. Don’t be afraid to reach out and create a network with those who both understand and can offer advice through navigating the day-to-day struggles that arise after diagnosis.
Implementing a routine wellness and exercise program may help combat physical challenges associated with PD. Studies have found exercise to significantly improve specific PD symptoms, including cognitive function, depression, sleep, motor performance, and drug efficacy. In addition, some wellness and exercise engagement programs, like Engaging at Home, can be implemented right from the comfort of one’s own home!
The effects of Parkinson’s Disease can vary from person to person. Unfortunately, families are often encouraged to place their loved ones in long-term care facilities where they’re offered little to no hope for the road ahead. Oakwood Creative Care is making a difference by ensuring loved ones living with Parkinson’s have the opportunity to experience a life full of dignity and purpose beyond their diagnosis.