What Are Parkinson’s Disease Hallucinations, With Your Rochester, NY Comfort Keepers®
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), you’re probably aware that it is a central nervous system disorder that it consists of many noticeable motor symptoms. What many people don’t realize is that there are a host of non motor symptoms associated with PD as well.
You may be surprised to find out that non motor symptoms of PD can include things like loss of mental sharpness, insomnia and vivid dreams, and hallucinations or delusions. Hallucinations and delusions in particular can cause you or your loved one undue stress.
Did you know, 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?
There is currently no accurate way to predict who will experience PD related hallucinations or delusions, however there are theories about what causes them. One theory is that hallucinations and delusions are simply a part of the natural progression of PD, while another suggest that they are a side effect of certain dopamine therapies. Risk factors can 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 a number of signs that your loved one may be experiencing hallucinations or delusions. Here are a few of the most 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
Hallucinations and delusions can increase in severity over time and cause undue stress or anxiety for your loved one. If left unchecked, they can make it harder for the person who is experiencing them to determine what is real vs. not and may increase the need for assistance within the home.
If you believe your loved one is experiencing hallucinations or delusions it is extremely important to consult with their PD specialist.
How Comfort Keepers® In Home Care Can Help!
No matter what age we are, young or old, there are times when we need a little bit of help and this is where a Comfort Keepers™ caregiver can step in! Not only can our caregivers provide people with PD crucial in home care and assistance with day to day activities, 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. Our caregiver will work with your loved one to create meal plans, exercises, puzzles, and social activities that they can look forward to and enjoy. From spending time with friends and family, to watching their favorite TV shows, to telling stories about their past, we want to provide your senior with the support they need to do more than simply view.
If you’d like to learn more about how Comfort Keepers® can care for you or your loved one with Parkinson’s Disease, our full list of in home care services available in Rochester, or if you’d like to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online any time or call us at (585) 209-3728.
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.