What Are Parkinson’s Disease Hallucinations, With Your Cape Girardeau, MO Comfort Keepers®
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a central nervous system disorder that is most common in seniors age 60 and over. It can consist of a variety of symptoms both motor and non motor, that begin gradually and can increase in severity over time.
Most people are aware of the motor symptoms of PD, tremors, trouble with balance, or rigid muscles, but may not be as aware of the non motor symptoms. People with PD can also experience anxiety, insomnia, sweating, and hallucinations or delusions.
In fact, it is estimated that around 50% of people with PD will experience hallucinations or delusions!
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Hallucinations And Delusions: Why Do They Occur?
Right now, there is no way to reliably predict which people with PD will experience hallucinations or delusions, but there are theories about what causes them. One theory states that they could be a side effect of certain dopamine therapies, while another supposes that they are simply a natural progression of PD. 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.
What Signs Should I Be Aware Of?
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 how hallucinations or delusions can affect you or your loved one with Parkinson’s Disease, our full list of in home care services for people with Parkinson’s, or if you’d like to schedule your free in home care services, please contact us online any time or call us at (573) 208-4188.
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.