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Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month: Five Crucial Facts You May Not Already Know About The Disease

Most people know Parkinson’s Disease (also referred to as PD) and are familiar with its symptoms, but few know enough details about this progressive illness. We’ve compiled some information to share for this year’s Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.

Here are five facts regarding Parkinson’s Disease, courtesy of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. (You might be surprised by some of them!)

  1. Parkinson’s Disease is different for everyone.

Although tremors, loss of balance, and uncontrollable movements are frequent signs of Parkinson’s disease, not everyone will experience the disease in the same way in terms of symptoms and disease severity.

  1. People with Parkinson’s Disease can still live fulfilling lives.

When it comes to Parkinson’s Disease, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment. While medication is the most common treatment, surgery and lifestyle changes such as rest and exercise can also help control the disease.

  1. Everyone with Parkinson’s Disease doesn’t experience tremors.

Approximately 30% of those diagnosed with the condition will not have any tremors. People who do not have tremors, on the other hand, may face a faster progression of the condition.

  1. Parkinson’s Disease can be managed with exercise.

Exercise is more than suitable for individuals who have Parkinson’s Disease; it’s also essential for maintaining balance, movement, and daily activities. Many PD symptoms can be alleviated with exercise and physical activity.

People with Parkinson’s Disease who begin exercising sooner and for a minimum of 2.5 hours per week have a slower loss in quality of life than those who begin later, according to the Parkinson’s Outcomes Project. Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, Dance, Weight Training, and other related activities can help with PD symptoms. With additional assistance at home, which can be received from a home care agency, individuals who suffer from PD can get the exercise they need.

  1. Parkinson’s Disease has been linked to an increased risk of depression.

Depression is the most commonly reported mental health concern in people with Parkinson’s Disease. Approximately 40-50 percent of those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease develop this mental health concern.

Parkinson’s disease involves more than tremors and the occasional loss of balance. On the other hand, Parkinson’s Disease is not fatal, and the illness and its symptoms can be managed with appropriate medical treatment. Request a complimentary consultation with Heart to Heart Home Care Services to understand how we can assist you or a loved one with Parkinson’s disease.

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