April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month. This is the ideal opportunity for you to learn more about this condition and how it can impact your parent, as well as the type of care that you can give them to complement the care and treatment that they receive from their doctor. This will help them to manage their condition in the best way possible for them while also supporting the quality of life that they desire and deserve as they age in place. Awareness and effective care starts with understanding as much as you can about Parkinson’s disease and its effects.
Some of the things that you should know about Parkinson’s disease include:
• Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder. This means that the symptoms and challenges caused by the disease will increase and change over the course of the disease.
• Approximately 1 million people throughout the United States are currently living with Parkinson’s disease.
• Experts recommend that around 60,000 new cases of the disease are diagnosed each year.
• More people are affected by Parkinson’s disease than multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined.
• Men are far more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than women, with 50 percent more men being diagnosed with the disease each year than women.
• The average age at Parkinson’s disease onset is 60.
• Parkinson’s disease that develops before the age of 50 is referred to as early onset Parkinson’s disease.
• Approximately 5 to 10 percent of cases of Parkinson’s disease are early onset.
• Approximately 15 to 25 percent of people who develop Parkinson’s disease have a relative who also has the disease.
• The risk for developing Parkinson’s disease increases by approximately 2 to 5 percent if you have a relative who also has the disease.
• Parkinson’s disease can progress very slowly. The progression can take 20 years or longer between onset and eventual death, but can also be much faster depending on the individual
If your elderly loved one has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or their symptoms have progressed to the point that they are too challenging for you to handle on your own, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elderly care for them. The highly personalized services of an elderly home care services provider can be instrumental in helping your parent to handle their condition effectively while also pursuing the active, independent, and fulfilling quality of life that they desire and deserve as they age in place. This is not only about helping them to handle the symptoms and challenges that they are currently suffering. The customized schedule and personalized services of a care provider can also help your parent to prepare for the next stage in their progressive journey.
This will give them greater confidence as they face these future challenges, and reassure you as their family caregiver that they are getting everything that they need to remain safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy as they progress through this disease.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Howell, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
Prior to assuming his current position, Judah served as assistant administrator at Atlantic Coast Rehab (Lakewood, NJ) as well as Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington, NJ)