April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to share tips and tricks for the caregivers looking after a loved one with the disease.
According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, “Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra.”
Basically, the nerve cells that the brain uses to coordinate thoughts, movement, emotions, and senses are destroyed—so the signal to move doesn’t get communicated. This can lead to symptoms such as tremors, muscle stiffness or rigidity, slow movement, loss of movement, and balance problems.
As the disease progresses, caring for your loved one can become more and more challenging. Whether you assist with day-to-day tasks or manage everything from appointments, medication schedules, and more, consider following these guidelines and using these tips to ease the process… [click here to read full article]