Parkinson’s Disease Facts

Parkinson's disease patient and healthy patientChances are that you know someone living with Parkinson’s Disease. I have a close neighbor living with Parkinson’s. In our care management practice we work with several clients and their families living with this diagnosis and the exhausting symptoms that come and go and come again.

We know that people with Parkinson’s struggle with maintaining balance and they may have trouble turning around. They take smallish steps and may shuffle when they walk. Their speech is adversely effected. Posture may be stooped.

Parkinson’s Disease Facts (source Parkinson Research Foundation):

  • More than 4000 Americans will be stricken with Parkinson’s this month
  • Deep brain stimulation is a way to inactivate parts of the brain that cause Parkinson’s and its symptoms.
  • The prevalence of Parkinson’s is expected to double by 2040.
  • People living with Parkinson’s need to eat a diet of high fiber foods, whole grains, fresh fruit and foods low in fat and cholesterol.
  • Minimize clutter and trip hazards in the home to help prevent falls associated with Parkinson’s.

Formative research through clinical trials of promising candidate drugs is ongoing. At this time Levodopa is the most commonly prescribed and most effective drug for controlling Parkinson’s symptoms.

Aging life care managers are a helpful resource for people with Parkinson’s: from developing a care plan to health advocacy to ongoing family support to helping an individual to maintain best quality of life, care managers use an informed, strong voice to speak on behalf of clients with their healthcare providers, financial and legal representatives, etc.