One in every 500 people in Canada has Parkinson’s, and most of the people who have been diagnosed with this disease are over 60. Although the illness affects both men and women, men have a higher chance of developing it. Today more than 100, 000 people in Canada are struggling with Parkinson’s and every year more than 6,000 new cases are diagnosed. Since the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease increases with age, it is most commonly diagnosed in seniors.
The most common symptoms of the disease are tremors, balance problems, cognitive impairment, mood disorders, short steps and slowed movement as well as speech and writing changes.
Although there is still no cure for Parkinson’s, there are some lifestyle changes that can help seniors manage the disease and reduce the impact of symptoms.
Older adults who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s should talk to their care providers and discuss management strategies such as:
Preventing falls: Balance problems and having trouble walking are common Parkinson’s disease symptoms. Therefore preventing falls by removing trip hazards such as loose rugs and clutter is an important safety management strategy.
At Comfort Keepers, it is our mission to help seniors maintain their independence as much as possible, despite their medical condition. For older adults who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s our in-home caregivers can help facilitate stress management activities and provide support for doctor-prescribed diet. Our home care providers can also fall-proof client’s home, provide mobility assistance and transportation to appointments. In order to learn more about how in-home care can benefit those with Parkinson’s disease, contact your Comfort Keepers office in Edmonton, AB today.
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