Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease
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Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease can include tremors. Learn about other symptoms in this video.
Transcript: In 1817, James Parkinson used the words "shaking palsy" to describe the symptoms of the disease that...
In 1817, James Parkinson used the words "shaking palsy" to describe the symptoms of the disease that was eventually named after him. The TREMORS of the hands, ARMS, legs, JAW and face that he described are perhaps the most obvious symptoms, but as he noticed, they're NOT the only ones. This motor disorder has THREE other primary symptoms: Slowness of movement, known as bradykinesia, stiffness of the limbs and torso, and diminished balance and coordination. And loss of motor function becomes worse over time as nerve cells that produce the neurotransmitter DOPAMINE, which controls movement, gradually degenerate. This slow erosion of muscle control causes people with Parkinson's to experience SECONDARY symptoms such as difficulty speaking, swallowing or chewing, urinary problems, cognitive issues, sleep disruptions, and depression and anxiety. Learn more about Parkinson's disease by watching the other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-08-10 | Tags »
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As a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, your life can be challenging. Watch this video for tips on caregiving for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Transcript: Taking on the role of caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease might've been natural...
Taking on the role of caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease might've been natural for you, but the love you have for your partner or parent doesn't make your RESPONSIBILITIES any LESS difficult. Let's run down a list of tips that might make your job a BIT easier. First, remember to take care of YOURSELF. Don't de-prioritize YOUR needs. Continue eating well and exercising on your own. Go see a movie. Take a yoga class. Find ways to DE-STRESS. Look for local programs called respite services-they can take over care for a few hours and allow you to do what you need to keep your life functioning. I also strongly suggest finding a support group for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease-you may need to talk with someone who knows what you're dealing with. Those support groups may also help you develop the VAST stores of patience and understanding you'll need as a caregiver. Whether it's dealing with your wife repeatedly dropping silverware or your father's grumpy attitude, you should take a deep breath and remind yourself that their behaviors are symptoms of their illness. In the early stages, make sure the lines of communication are kept open between you and the subject of your care. They should tell you when they need alone time, and vice versa. Open communication is also necessary when discussing legal, financial and end-of-life matters - all of these decisions should be made before your loved one reaches the later stages of disease. But if the conversation goes off track, don't get mad or try to change how they see the world or how they act-it's not something they have control over. And go with their flow of the conversation. Your role as caregiver is certainly demanding, but all you can do is try your best under the tough circumstances. Ask your loved one's doctor for more resources and ADVICE, and DON'T hesitate to lean on friends and other family members for support. In many situations the best care option for the Alzheimer's patient is NOT at home-particularly in advanced stages. You do not have to feel guilty about providing a medically and socially supportive environment where 24-7 attention can be paid. In addition, studies show it's also important for the health of the caregiver - allowing you to provide care for longer than if you kept the person at home.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-11 | Tags »
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Parkinson's disease medications aim to manage symptoms and slow the progression. Learn about your best options, here.
Transcript: Parkinson's disease isn't curable. So, the goal of treatment is to MANAGE symptoms. Medications that...
Parkinson's disease isn't curable. So, the goal of treatment is to MANAGE symptoms. Medications that increase the levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter responsible for controlling motor function, are often effective - at least for periods of time. Levodopa, which is the FIRST drug specifically created to treat Parkinson's, converts INTO dopamine in the brain. It's almost ALWAYS prescribed along with carbidopa, to prevent levodopa from converting into dopamine elsewhere in the body. This combination CAN be quite effective for a while, but dosage usually is increased as the disease worsens. Another type of medication called a dopamine agonist relieves stiffness but it doesn't ease tremors as well as levodopa and may have more side effects. In advanced stages of the disease, doctors may prescribe dopamine agonists ALONG WITH levodopa. Several other types of Parkinson's drugs provide slight relief of symptoms when taken by themselves, while others help enhance and prolong the effects of levodopa. Ask your doctor for MORE details on these drugs, and NEVER take any medication without his or her permission.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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