Parkinson's Disease

  • Tips for Minimizing Motor Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

    Experienced caregivers offer their best suggestions for minimizing the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s such as gait freezing, bradykinesia, rigidity and postural instability.

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  • A Spouse’s Experience: Caring for a Loved One with Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis

    Hallucinations and delusions are troubling symptoms that can develop in the mid to late stages of PD. A spousal caregiver shares her experiences with her husband’s psychotic episodes in order to raise awareness of this little-known facet of the disease.

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  • Parkinson's Disease Psychosis: A Little-Known Symptom of PD

    Shakiness and freezing are the hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, but another serious feature of this condition can cause patients to hallucinate and have paranoid delusions.

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  • Questions a Caregiver Should Ask about Parkinson's Disease

    A Parkinson's diagnosis brings many questions about treatment, progression, alternative therapies, and medications. Becoming an informed caregiver is the best method of preparation to make confident decisions while caring for a loved one with Parkinson's.

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  • How Long Can Someone Live with Parkinson's Disease?

    The life expectancy of Parkinson’s patients has improved over the past decades thanks to medical advances in symptom management and the development of a comprehensive approach to patient care.

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  • The Stages of Parkinson's Disease

    Parkinson's is a progressive disease, and symptoms worsen over time. This commonly used system describes the stages of Parkinson's and what symptoms to expect during each phase.

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  • Parkinson’s Disease Top Tips: Communicating in Spite of Speech and Voice Disorders

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for facilitating communication with a loved one who has PD.

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  • 8 Facts to Know About Lewy Body Dementia

    Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a type of dementia that is often overshadowed by the most prevalent kind, Alzheimer's disease. To clear up the confusion, here are eight facts everyone should know about LBD.

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  • My Final Exit: Starvation or Assisted Suicide?

    If things get bad and my quality of life just doesn't cut it anymore, I don't want to linger on Earth -- miserable, unaware, a burden to family. But the question is -- What to do about it?

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  • Why I’m Ditching the Blood Pressure Pills I’ve Taken for 40 Years

    Medical authorities now say blood pressure for seniors without cardiac issues can go safely up to 150/90. For that and other reasons, I'm quitting the pills. Here's why.

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  • Chronic Health Conditions and the Flu: A Deadly Combination

    For elderly people, influenza can lead to serious complications like pneumonia, exacerbate existing chronic medical conditions and even cause death. Vaccinations are a senior’s best defense against the flu and related complications.

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  • How to Communicate with a Senior Who Can No Longer Speak

    It is frightening to watch an aging loved one lose their ability to talk, respond or communicate in any manner, but the powers of touch and hearing can help family caregivers continue to connect with seniors who have aphasia.

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  • Parkinsonism: Other Disorders That Resemble Parkinson's

    The uncontrollable shaking and tremors associated with Parkinson's disease are also present in several other senior health conditions.

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  • Parkinson’s Disease Top Tips: Improving Sleep Quality

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for helping a loved one with PD get quality rest.

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  • Parkinson’s Disease Top Tips: Coping with PD Psychosis

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for handling hallucinations and delusions associated with PD.

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  • Parkinson’s Disease Top Tips: Managing PD Medications

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for successfully managing a loved one’s prescriptions for Parkinson’s.

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  • Parkinson’s Disease Top Tips: Alleviating Muscle Cramps

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions to prevent and relieve painful muscle cramps associated with Parkinson’s.

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  • Parkinson’s Disease Top Tips: Managing Swallowing Issues

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for coping with dysphagia and drooling.

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  • Tips for Dressing Someone with Parkinson's

    Helping a loved one get dressed and manage personal hygiene can be two very difficult aspects of a Parkinson's caregiver's duties. These practical tips can help simplify and speed up your loved one's daily care routine.

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  • Aging in Place: The Blizzard and Me

    Patient perspective on living with Parkinson's: The white out of the storm offered a rare moment of quiet clarity. I used this opportunity to reflect on and fully appreciate where I am these days.

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