Suffering a stroke can be a very scary experience for both those it directly effects as well as those around them. With the onset of National Stroke Awareness Month, we would like to share some information that can both help prevent as well as help recover from a Stroke in our new series.
Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder which affects the nervous system. It is a progressive disorder and the symptoms of the disease worsen over time. Parkinson’s leads to the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain called neurons.
Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease each year. It is expected that by 2040, the number of people who develop Parkinson’s will double.
With its growing prevalence, it is important to ensure that certain nutrients be added to the diet of the seniors to ensure that the brains of the seniors are protected. Here are some things that can help in avoiding Parkinson’s disease:
Older adults exhibit communication patterns and there is a need for our understanding, creativity and patience in communicating with them. The problem is that we lack key information about the aging process and its effects on seniors.
Parkinson’s has a direct effect on a person’s ability to move and this makes exercising even more imperative. Exercise can help keep the muscles strong and improves flexibility and mobility. Even though exercise does not stop Parkinson’s from progressing, it can help improve balance and reduces stiffness of joints. Exercise also plays an important role in easing the secondary symptoms such as depression and constipation.
The apparent outward symptoms of Parkinson’s are easily diagnosed by a doctor but there is no blood test or brain scan that can confirm the diagnosis. If a person does not respond to the drugs used to treat Parkinson’s then the underlying cause could be some other movement disorder having similar symptoms. A doctor can determine the difference by doing some additional tests.