April is a month designated to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease.
First of all Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder, that occurs when brain cells that produce dopamine malfunction and die. This results in the person being incapable of controlling movements in a normal way.
There are specific symptoms that individuals affected with Parkinson’s disease experience. These symptoms include:
- Tremors of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face.
- Slow movement of extremities
- Stiffness of the limbs and trunk.
- Impaired balance and coordination.
Here are some tips for living with Parkinson’s disease:
- Be sure to make your home safe, by installing grab bars, removing slippery scatter rugs and making sure rooms and stairwells are well lit.
- Diet and Nutrition are important, but it also may become difficult to swallow, so be sure to cut food up small and sit up for 30 minutes after eating.
- Exercise Regularly- this will help your body stay mobile.
There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s but research continues to make great strides, with the hope to find a cure and better treatments to manage the condition.
˜Denise Stevens RN