Find Out About Parkinson’s Disease With Your Olympia, WA 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?
What Causes Parkinson’s Disease Hallucinations And Delusions?
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 Look For?
If you have a loved one with PD, there are signs that you can watch for in order to tell if they are experiencing hallucinations or delusions. These are a few of them:
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
How Personal Care From Comfort Keepers® Can Make A Difference
No matter your age, young or old, there are times in your life when you will need to ask for a little extra help, and that's okay! In fact, that’s why your local Comfort Keepers® is here. Our expertly trained caregivers can assist seniors with PD with many of the daily tasks that the disease makes a bit difficult and so much more.
Part of what sets our caregivers apart is more than just their commitment to their senior clients, it is their compassion. Each caregiver is taught our in home care philosophy called Interactive Caregiving™, which is the idea that seniors are happiest and live their fullest, healthiest lives when they are supported mentally, physically, and socially. At Comfort Keepers®, we encourage our senior clients to work together with their caregiver to plan activities, meals, social calls, and more that they are excited for.
Whether your senior likes spending time sharing stories with family and friends, trying exciting new foods at new restaurants, or even simply relaxing with their favourite music, their caregiver will be there to support them. Our goal is always to provide as much, or little, support as your senior needs, without making them feel as though they are a burden or have lost their independence. We’d love to begin helping your loved one make their golden years shine even brighter.
If you’d like to learn more about Parkinson’s Disease in home care services, how our compassionate caregivers can assist your family, or if you’d like to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online any time or call us at (360) 226-2737.
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.