Caring for Your Loved One with Parkinson's Disease

Caring for Your Loved One with Parkinson's Disease
Caregivers in Salt Lake City, UT

Caring for your loved one with Parkinson's disease can be rewarding and challenging. Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system that develops gradually.  It causes tremors, muscle stiffness and slowness of movement, often starting on one side of the body as a slight tremor.  it affects about one in 100 people over the age of 60, but not everyone with the disease will experience all of the symptoms, which can include disruption of motor functions, a lack of energy, changes to mood and memory, and pain.

Caring for your loved one will likely involve adapting to new challenges as the disease progresses as well as making needed lifestyle changes. Let’s look at some ways to help you care for your loved one with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Learn as much as you can about Parkinson’s disease and how it is likely to affect your loved one.
  • Communicate openly and provide reassurance to your loved one that they can still live a full life after a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis.
  • Establish a regular routine for meals and medication.
  • Help your loved one find alternative means of transportation if he or she can no longer drive.
  • Learn to use the Heimlich maneuver if your loved one has trouble chewing and swallowing food.
  • Modify tasks to allow your loved one to do things for him- or herself.
  • Exercise together to take care of both your and your loved one’s physical and mental health.
Look after yourself to avoid caregiver burnout by maintaining personal relationships and social activities outside of the home.

Parkinson’s and Depression

It is reported that as many as 50 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease struggle with some form of depression. According to recent research by the National Parkinson Foundation, depression may be the single most important factor in determining the health of someone with Parkinson’s disease.

If you or a loved one with Parkinson’s disease does show signs of depression, address the problem right away with his or her doctor or healthcare provider. Treatment for depression can help ease the challenges of the disease.

Your loved one can still live a full and happy life with the availability of treatments that can be implemented to decrease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but there are many things that you can do to improve upon your loved one’s overall health and well-being.


The Michael J. Fox Foundation

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Salt Lake City, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

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