See What Parkinson’s Disease Hallucinations Are With Your Royal Oak, MI Comfort Keepers®
Most people are aware that Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a central nervous system disorder that has many visible motor symptoms. You may also know that it often begins with a barely noticeable tremor in the hands, with symptoms increasing in severity as the disease progresses. But how much do you know about the non motor symptoms?
There are a host of non motor symptoms associated with PD, from anxiety and depression to insomnia and vivid dreams to hallucinations and delusions. Hallucinations or delusions in particular can place a lot of unnecessary stress on your loved one with PD, as well as yourself or any other caregivers.
Did you know that around 50% of people with PD will experience hallucinations or delusions?
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Hallucinations And Delusions: What Should I Know?
Currently, there is no reliable way to predict exactly which patients with PD will experience hallucinations or delusions, there are however, theories about why they occur in the first place. One suggests that hallucinations and delusions are simply a natural part of the progression of PD, while another supposes that they are a side effect of certain dopamine therapies. Risk factors may 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?
There are an array of warning signs that a loved one with PD may be experiencing hallucinations or delusions. These are some of the more common ones:
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
Over time, hallucinations and delusions can increase in severity, making it harder for the people experiencing them to determine what is real vs. not. This can cause your loved one undue stress or anxiety, as well as potentially increase the need for extra assistance taking care of them.
If you believe that your loved one is experiencing hallucinations or delusions, please be sure to speak with their specialist.
In Home Care That Makes A Difference
So you’ve decided to seek outside help to care for your loved one with PD, that’s okay! This is where your local, friendly Comfort Keepers™ can be of assistance! Our caregivers are able to provide crucial in home care for people with PD, such as housekeeping, help with bathing, or ensuring that their home is safe.
More than that, they provide Interactive Caregiving™, which is our in home care philosophy that states seniors are happiest and healthiest when they are supported mentally, physically, and socially. At Comfort Keepers™, we encourage seniors to take an active role in their care and work with their caregivers to create schedules, meal plans, and more that they can look forward to and enjoy.
Above all, our goal is to elevate the human spirit and provide your senior with the support to do the things they love, without making them feel as though they have lost their independence. We want your senior to spend time with friends and family, take classes at the local senior center, go swimming in the summer, whatever makes them happy. Let us help your loved one spend their golden years doing more than simply viewing.
If you’d like to learn more about Parkinson’s Disease hallucinations and delusions, how our caregivers can assist you and your family, or if you’d like to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online any time or call us at (248) 236-5627.
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.