According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, over 1.5 million Americans have the disease, with another 60,000 new cases being diagnosed every year. Most commonly found in those aged 65-and-over, Parkinson’s can be a major game-changer when it comes to a senior’s ability to continue aging in place at home.
If your elderly parent has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, here are some positive ways to help them enjoy their remaining at-home independence for as long as possible.
What is Parkinson’s?
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that deteriorates motor skill function by targeting dopamine-producing brain cells. Its cause is unknown, but researchers believe that both genetic and environmental factors are involved. Parkinson’s afflicts men more than women, but otherwise seems to impact all ethnic and socio-economic groups equally. According to www.medicinenet.com, symptoms of Parkinson’s include:
- Stiff and slow body movements
- Impaired balance
- Shuffling gait as the disease progresses