Managing Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms in Edmonton, AB

Infographic showing a brain made of up words like Parkinsons and others associated with the disease

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:

  • Finding ways to relieve stress: Although stress can increase symptoms of Parkinson’s, once it is removed symptoms return to normal levels. Therefore, seniors should engage in activities that help them unwind and feel calm. Meditation, yoga, deep breathing, spending time outside, being with loved ones, participating in hobbies or maintaining a workout routine that is approved by a physician can relieve stress and reduce the impact of symptoms.
  • Maintaining a good diet: A well-balanced diet is important for all seniors. However, those who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s should especially focus on eating healthy, nutritious foods in order to manage symptoms and even slow the progression of the disease.
  • Adapting your home: Just by making a few adjustments in senior’s home, their quality of life can significantly improve. Depending on the Parkinson’s symptoms that an older adult is experiencing, wide walkways, mattresses with adjustable features as well as grab bars may be helpful and help them move safely around the house.

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.

Comfort Keepers Can Help

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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