Posted on Apr 08, 2016
April is Parkinson’s Awareness month. Parkinson’s disease affects the parts of the brain that help with normal body balance and movement. This brain disorder progresses slowly in people and can take years to develop. It is unclear as to what causes the loss of brain cells that produce dopamine, which is a chemical messenger that enables smooth movements.
There are signs and symptoms that may appear in the early onset of the disease such as hand tremors while at rest, although this can also be caused by recent physical activity and some medications. Other signs to watch out for includes smaller handwriting, loss of smell, and trouble sleeping. While these symptoms can occur at any time for any reason, if it lasts longer than a week such as after a cold subsides, it might be time to consult a physician. Other symptoms of Parkinson’s include hunching over, a soft or hoarse voice, and constipation. It’s not really one symptom that causes a red flag, but more than one of these irregularities will qualify for a visit with a doctor.
While Parkinson’s disease is not fatal, the complications can lead to some life threatening situations. This is why it is important to raise awareness for Parkinson’s. With proper knowledge of the disease and early onset symptoms, it is possible live a high quality life and also possibly prevent further progression.
There are many ways to raise awareness for Parkinson’s. One way to share a personal story and to share public events with friends and family to participate. Support research efforts with walks and other charity events. Look for community events and create your own to add to the local calendar. There are many ways to get creative to encourage community involvement.
If a senior loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, it may be helpful and also bring peace of mind to the family to have in home help. The daily companion may be a family member or a highly trained caregiver from Senior Helpers of Big Lake. Through research and community involvement, a senior loved one can learn to cope and live independently with help from a caregiver in the comforts and familiarity of their own home.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home help and the many benefits of professional elderly care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers to speak to a senior care specialist today 763-262-9966! The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran. In home senior care allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Big Lake provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of A large Central MN service area including the cities of: Anoka, Ramsey, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Plymouth, St. Michael, Buffalo, Monticello, Big Lake, Annandale, Becker, Milaca, Princeton, Elk River, and surrounding rural areas..