Find Out About Parkinson’s Disease Hallucinations And Delusions With Your Clinton Township, MI Comfort Keepers®
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a central nervous system disorder that often begins gradually, with symptoms increasing in severity as a person ages. If you or a loved one has PD, you’re probably all too familiar with the motor symptoms, but what about the non motor symptoms?
People with PD can experience a number of non motor symptoms, some of which can be more frustrating than the common motor symptoms. Things like constipation, depression, body aches, hallucinations, or delusions can take their toll, especially on seniors.
Did you know that it is estimated that around 50% of seniors with PD will experience hallucinations or delusions as part of their non motor symptoms?
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What Is Happening?
As of now, there is no way to reliably predict which people with PD will experience hallucinations or delusions, but there are theories about why they can happen in the first place. One theory is that hallucinations or delusions are simply a natural part of the progression of PD. Another suggests that they could be a side effect of certain dopamine therapies. Risk factors include:
- Certain medications that increase dopamine levels
- Duration and severity of Parkinson’s
- Getting older
Healthcare providers may refer to these hallucinations or delusions as Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis, or PDP.
Are There Signs To Watch For?
Due to the fact that hallucinations and delusions can increase in severity it is exceptionally important that people close to a person with PD are aware of the signs. Here are some of the more common signs that someone you love may be experiencing hallucinations or delusions:
Signs that a loved one may be experiencing hallucinations can include: seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, or feeling things that are not really there.
Signs that a loved one may be experiencing delusions can include:
- Thinking someone is trying to steal from, harm, or deceive them
- Believing their loved one is being unfaithful
- Thinking a TV show or song is talking directly to them
If left unchecked, a person with PD who suffers from hallucinations or delusions may begin to have difficulty discerning what is actually real vs. not. This can cause inordinate stress for your loved one, as well as potentially increasing the need for assistance outside the home.
If you believe that your loved one is experiencing hallucinations or delusions associated with PD, always be sure to speak with their PD specialist.
How Personal Care From Comfort Keepers® Can Make The Difference
So, you’ve decided that you need a little bit of extra help taking care of your loved one with PD. That okay! This is what your local Comfort Keepers™ is here for! Our caregivers are able to not only provide in home care and assistance, such as providing transportation or helping with housekeeping and bathing, to seniors with PD, they provide Interactive Caregiving™.
Interactive Caregiving™ is our in home care philosophy that states that seniors are happiest and healthiest when they are supported mentally, physically, and socially. Comfort Keepers™encourages seniors to take an active role in their care plan by working with their caregiver to plan meals, schedules, and activities that they can look forward to.
From taking a class at the local senior center, to joining a book club, to trying a new recipe, or even simply sharing their wisdom, we want your loved one to do what they love. Our goal is to provide the support your senior needs to spend their golden years enjoying themselves in their home rather than “the home”.
If you’d like to learn more about how Comfort Keepers® can provide the best care for you or your loved one with Parkinson’s Disease, our full list of in home care services available in Clinton Township, or if you’d like to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online any time or call us at (586) 200-6712.
Resources For People With Parkinson’s Disease
- National Parkinson’s Foundation: Improves the lives of people with Parkinson’s by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. They build on the energy, experience, and passion of their global Parkinson’s community.
- American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA): The American Parkinson’s Disease Association is the largest grassroots network dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease and works tirelessly to help the approximately one million people with Parkinson’s to live life to the fullest.
- The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research: The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.
- Davis Phinney Foundation For Parkinson’s: This foundation provides essential information, practical tools, and inspiration to people living with Parkinson’s and funds early phase, innovative research that focuses on exercise, speech, movement, and other factors that affect quality of life. Their goal is to help people with Parkinson’s live well today.