Parkinson’s in the Elderly: What You Need to Know

Parkinson’s in the Elderly: What You Need to Know

Most common in men, and more widespread than muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined, Parkinson’s disease strikes upwards of 7 – 10 million people globally, with another 600,000 Americans diagnosed each year. And while each person’s encounter with the disease may differ in severity, there are five stages of advancement that are typical for all. In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Live Well at Home serving Sacramento, CA and the surrounding area, provides the following important information for you to know about Parkinson’s in the elderly:

Stage 1

Identified as early-stage Parkinson’s, during this phase the individual typically has only mild signs or symptoms that may display as follows:

  • Symptoms are only on one side of the body
  • Symptoms are troublesome, but not disabling
  • Uncontrollable tremors or shaking in one limb may be noticed
  • Friends and family can typically detect variations in the person’s posture, balance, and facial expressions

Stage 2

During the second stage of Parkinson’s, failure to perform standard physical tasks may become more obvious:

  • Symptoms will impact both sides of the body
  • The individual has minor disability, and generally experiences ambulatory or balance problems
  • Posture is affected

Stage 3

This phase is considered moderate Parkinson’s disease, and more significant disability will begin to develop:

  • There is a significant slowing of the body movements
  • Early impairment of equilibrium may result in the inability to walk straight or stand
  • There is generalized dysfunction that is moderately severe

Stage 4

Stage four represents advanced Parkinson’s disease and is accompanied by significant signs and symptoms:

  • Rigidity and bradykinesia, or slower movements are often noticeable
  • The individual is not able to complete daily tasks and usually cannot live alone
  • Tremors may lessen or disappear for unidentified reasons during this stage

Stage 5

The final stage of the disease generally takes over the patient’s physical movements:

  • The person typically experiences a general reduction in vitality and strength of the body and mind
  • The individual may not be able to walk or stand
  • One-on-one care is necessary

Live Well at Home’s in home care providers are fully trained in all aspects of senior home care, and can aid seniors in the Sacramento, CA area with Parkinson’s and other conditions of aging to live fuller, more comfortable and independent lives, right at home. Whether it’s assistance with daily personal care, transportation and accompaniment to doctors’ appointments or to run errands, light house cleaning and meal preparation, or just a cheerful companion to brighten up the day, our senior care services are tailored to each person’s needs and preferences. Contact us online or call us at 916.459.3220 any time to learn more.

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