Learning About Parkinson’s Disease In Pittsford, NY
Many people are aware of the basic facts about Parkinson’s Disease (PD). That it is a central nervous system disorder that primarily affects seniors age 60 and older and has many symptoms, motor and non motor, that increase in severity over time. While most people are aware of the motor symptoms associated with PD, many may not know about the non motor symptoms.
There are a variety of non motor symptoms that people with PD may experience. This can mean anything from sweating and body aches to hallucinations or delusions. Hallucinations or delusions can be particularly difficult to cope with and can cause people with PD to experience unnecessary stress.
It is estimated that around 50% of people with PD will experience hallucinations or delusions.
What Causes Parkinson’s Disease Hallucinations And Delusions?
While it is true that there is no concrete explanation for what causes PD related hallucinations and delusions, there are theories. One supposes that they are simply a part of the natural progression of PD, while 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.
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Are There Signs To Watch For?
There are warning signs that you and your loved one can be aware of in order to determine whether or not what they are experiencing is real.
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
It is extremely important to pay attention to any warning signs you may notice as hallucinations and delusions can worsen over time. This can make it more difficult for the person experiencing them to tell what is really real, causing them stress or anxiety and potentially increasing the need for help from outside the home.
If believe yourself or a loved one is experiencing hallucinations or delusions the best course of action is to consult your PD specialist.
Why Comfort Keepers® In Home Care Can Make A Difference
Whether we like to admit it or not, we all need a little bit of help once in a while and there’s nothing wrong with that. This is where your local Comfort Keepers® is able to step in to help!
Once you’ve completed your free in home consultation, Comfort Keepers® will specially choose a caregiver that is a perfect match for your loved one. They will do so much more than simply assist with the crucial day to day activities people with PD may have difficulty with, such as housekeeping or bathing. Your loved one’s caregiver will provide Interactive Caregiving™, which is our in home care philosophy that seniors are happiest and healthiest when they are cared for mentally, physically, and socially.
We encourage seniors to take an active role in their care plan by working with their caregiver to plan meals, exercises, and activities that they love. This can be anything from trying new recipes, to taking a class at the local senior center, to visiting with friends and family. No matter what, our goal is to elevate the human spirit and provide seniors with as much assistance as they need, without making them feel as though they’ve lost their independence.
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 (585) 204-6067.
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.