Parkinson’s disease can have a major impact on someone’s life but good support and care is an effective way improving quality of life.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease (Parkinson’s) is a progressive neurological disorder, and primarily affects movement. It is variable in its progression, i.e. some people progress more slowly than others, and the symptoms can be effectively controlled with medication for many years.
Although Parkinson’s is a movement disorder, there are both motor and non-motor symptoms associated with it.
Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative condition after Alzheimer’s. The incidence is 1-2:1000 of the general population and 1:100 of the over 80’s, therefore estimating that there are approximately 12,000 people living with Parkinson’s in Ireland.
Parkinson’s will affect many aspects of a person’s life. However good support can have a powerful influence on the person living with Parkinson’s and their families. Comfort Keepers can assist in the following ways:
Good balanced diet
Support with preparing nutritional meals to avoid excessive weight loss or weight gain. Some people with Parkinson’s need to be mindful of their protein intake and Carers can help with this.
Support with light exercise regimes improves balance, muscle strength and general function. It is also good to relieve stress and anxiety.
Keeping socially active within your home and in the community. Companionship support to get to the local shops, pharmacy, post office etc.
In more advanced cases, people with Parkinson’s will require support with personal care, dressing, washing and toileting.