A Quick Look at the Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

According to the Virtual Medical Centre, approximately 78,000 Australians live with Parkinson’s disease. Detecting the disorder early on enables physicians to provide care and treatments designed to delay its progression. Recognising possible Parkinson’s signs early enables seniors to get the treatments necessary to live high-quality lives. 

Sensory Deprivation

Losing the sense of smell is one of the earliest signs of Parkinson’s disease. However, many people do not equate the symptom with the disorder until later. In addition, older adults may notice a change in their sense of taste. Foods taste differently or have no taste at all. 

Parkinson’s disease is a major health concern that can impact a senior’s ability to perform daily tasks independently. If your elderly loved one is living with a serious medical condition and needs help managing the tasks of daily living, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a Brisbane home care company you can trust. Our care workers are available 24/7, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our in-home care services.

Tremors 

Uncontrollable shaking or twitching of the chin, a finger, the lips, a thumb, the tongue, or any limb might be an initial symptom of Parkinson’s. The movement typically occurs in a body part that is not being used, and it disappears once the body part is in use. Older adults might also experience clumsiness. 

Altered Handwriting

Micrographia, or small handwriting, is one of the most common symptoms that indicate the onset of Parkinson’s disease. The changes in brain signals make it difficult to perform tasks that require fine motor skills. Writing appears smaller and cramped, as words are closer together than normal. Seniors may begin writing something in their usual fashion. However, as the writing continues, micrographia gradually appears. 

Sleep Disturbances

During rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, older adults may exhibit a condition called rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder (RBD), which involves verbally and physically acting out dreams. Seniors may shout, hit, kick, or grind their teeth. Sometimes, seniors with Parkinson’s disease physically attack their significant others who share the bed. Approximately 40 percent of people who demonstrate RBD symptoms are diagnosed with Parkinson’s up to a decade later. Other sleep disorders that may indicate Parkinson’s include restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea. 

Chronic Neck Discomfort

This symptom often occurs in women and is experienced as numbness or tingling. Some women experience a continual aching that radiates down the shoulders and into the arms. Neck symptoms are commonly noticed after experiencing tremors or shaking. Joints and limbs might also feel stiff. 

Seniors who experience chronic neck discomfort or other health issues often need assistance with an array of tasks. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the Brisbane respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

Vocal Changes

Brain signal interference commonly causes the stiffening of the muscles that control speech. When this occurs, voice and speech patterns may change. Some seniors may talk more softly or in a monotone, while others may slur their words or sound hoarse. 

Excessive Perspiration

When the neurons that regulate the autonomic nervous system become affected by Parkinson’s, skin and sweat glands undergo certain changes. Profuse sweating occurs for no apparent reason, and this symptom is often equated to what women experience during a hot flash. Other changes might include increased oil production in the skin or scalp. Seniors might also notice an increase in saliva production.

There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease at the moment, but seniors can delay the onset of this condition by making healthy lifestyle choices. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, consider hiring a professional care worker. Brisbane families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide dedicated and compassionate in-home care workers who are trained in our holistic Balanced Care Method, which was designed to encourage seniors to exercise often, eat nutritious foods, maintain strong social ties, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. To learn about our revolutionary in-home care plans, give us a call at [hca_phone] today.