Posted by: Bert Copple | April 6, 2011

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a disorder of the brain that can lead to shaking, difficulty with walking, and coordination. It most often develops after the age of 50, and this is why it is a major concern for seniors. This month we are reminded that at least 50,000 new cases of Parkinson’s will be diagnosed in just this year alone. The disease can be draining not only for the person diagnosed, but also their loved ones and the people who care for them.

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) gives some great tips and strategies for both people with PD and the people caring for them; these help with better communication, the right doctors, and the right planning. Here is a shortened version highlighting the 12 points:

  1. Respect your partner’s own journey with PD
  2. Talk openly to each other about the disease
  3. Don’t let the disease take over or define your lives
  4. Find a good doctor
  5. Feel free to seek out a second opinion
  6. Educate yourself about PD in stages
  7. Educate others about PD – not only friends and family, but also healthcare professionals
  8. Find a support group
  9. Actively seek out support from friends, family, and other caregivers
  10. Support other people with PD
  11. Tackle life planning decisions
  12. Take care of yourself

For a full description of how to best communicate and deal with Parkinson’s disease, click here. You can find even more information and support on PD through the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation website.

If you are still looking for the right caregiver, then there is nowhere better to look than Home Instead senior care. They provide only the best caregivers for you or your loved one’s specific needs.

Home Instead Senior Care will provide outstanding CAREGivers to help your loved one with personal care, incidental travel, companionship, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and even meal preparation. To learn more, call 248-203-2273 or visit www.homeinstead.com. Home Instead Senior Care is the world’s trusted source of in-home non-commercial personal care and companionship for seniors. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. And remember, to us, it’s personal.

SOURCE: PFD.org

 

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