Learning that a senior loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease can be a scary time for many families. This discovery often raises many questions and unknowns about this disease that currently has no cure. Parkinson’s is a progressive disease, and it affects each senior differently. But no matter which symptoms your senior might have, there are steps you can take to make this disease more manageable for your senior. Read on below to learn how you can provide the best support possible.
One of the first things you can is to learn as much as you can. Learn what Parkinson’s Disease is, what it looks like as it progresses, and how it can affect your senior’s mind and body. Then you can help to educate your family and friends, too.
Once you know more about Parkinson’s Disease and what to expect, your next big step is to just simply have patience. Your senior is going to be going through a lot of changes, and they will not necessarily be easy transitions. You are likely going to have to plan for plenty of extra time and arrange for additional assistance for what used to be normal tasks with your senior.
Give your senior some comfort by showing them they are not alone. Staying active with your senior is a good way to help them since Parkinson’s will change the way their body moves and reacts. Help them practice specific movements and exercises that will focus on improving and maintaining their balance, coordination, strength, and flexibility.
Remember that you do not have to face these challenges all by yourself. You should not feel afraid to ask for help. One of the ways you will be able to provide your loved one with good care is by taking care of yourself as well. Caregiver burnout is common, but when you take time away for yourself to recharge, you can come back to your senior feeling refreshed.
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