Parkinsons disease support – tips for
Parkinson's disease is a long term medical condition that
only progresses in time. There is no cure for Parkinson's
disease at this time, only ways to help control it.
In most cases, dealing with the effects Parkinson's disease
has on the patient can be difficult, especially the loss of
independence. Patients often find themselves emotionally
affected by Parkinson's disease, which can cause depression.
But the patient is not the only one commonly affected by
emotional distress due to this illness. Because this is a
progressive disease, the spouse or caretakers of the patient
also suffer emotional distress due to Parkinsons disease.
When seeing to the needs of a Parkinson's patient, many
adjustments to daily living may be necessary. The person who
has the disease may also find it physically demeaning to
require such help, attention, and adjustments, especially if
the caretaker happens to be a son or a daughter.
Many caretakers find themselves becoming both
emotionally and physically drained from looking after the daily
needs of their loved one with Parkinson's disease.
The work can be difficult, as well as the mental torture of
seeing a loved one deteriorate. Therefore it is extremely
important for caretakers of Parkinson's disease patients to
monitor their own health, as well as follow a few of these
1. When caretaking for a Parkinson's
disease patient, always be sure to plan a set amount of time
for you. Even if you do not have plans, take the time to read,
take a nice walk, or even take a hot, relaxing bath.
2. If you are caring for a loved one
with the disease, you may find a Parkinson disease support
group very beneficial. People there are going through many of
the same things you are, and can provide great insight, as well
as emotional support.
3. When you are the primary caretaker
for a loved one with Parkinson's disease, it may become
necessary to rearrange your home to better accommodate your
loved one. With Parkinson's disease, mobility decreases
steadily. You may need to move things around to provide more
space for your loved one with Parkinson's disease, to give them
more room to move around.
4. One of the common symptoms of
Parkinson's disease is memory loss. Because of this, you should
never move familiar items around (except for the case of item 3
above). Doing so can make the confusion worse.
Parkinson's disease affects more than just the patient, but
loved ones, and caretakers, as well. Following the above tips,
and educating yourself on what to expect can ease emotional and
physical strain caused by parkinson disease.