Parkinson’s disease is a neural degenerative disorder where your central nervous system refuses to produce dopamine since the neurons responsible for this have either gotten denatured or destroyed. It mostly affects people at the age of 60 and above. However, there have been cases of people who got the disease at a tender age for example Michael J Fox who got the disease at the age of 29.
The most obvious symptom of Parkinson is tremors where the patient will be trembling uncontrollably. Those who have the disorder say that it usually starts with a simple twitch of one finger and this goes on and on to develop to full blown tremors of the entire hand. Another symptom is dyskinesia which has been said to be involuntary movement and fidgeting of the whole body. So for example a Parkinson’s patient will find it hard to sleep since their limbs and body parts will move uncontrollably and they can do nothing to stop it.
Parkinson could also lead to slurring of speech, imbalance when one is walking as well as falls especially when the patient wakes up from their bed. In this post therefore, we will examine some of the ways that caregivers can help take care of of their patients. Caregiver Trizah Wanja of hosiped says that love and understanding are the most crucial things that the PD patient needs.
“When you love and understand them, they feel less anxious, stressed and depressed and they are therefore able to share their fears”, says Trizah Wanja.
- Medicine to curb the symptoms
Parkinson has no known cure. There are however drugs to help curb the symptoms. Some of these drugs include Sinemet and Levodopa that introduce dopamine into your body therefore helping you recover and be able to control the symptoms.
Of late CBD oil which is still being researched on has also been said to help people alleviate anxiety and therefore have better sleep.
2. Spoon for tremors
Parkinson’s patients usually have a hard time eating since they have tremors. They will therefore shake visibly to the point of pouring their food. Caregivers can get them spoons for tremors that help with less spillage of the food.
Parkinson’s patients should get alot of exercise as this helps them with movement. If one is not exercising, they will suffer more from dyskinesia. Some of the exercise you can do is swimming, boxing as well as jogging. You can also do some light weight lifting as all this helps with voluntary movements of the limbs.