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Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms with This Simple Strategy

Parkinson’s Symptoms

Exercise is key to easing Parkinson’s symptoms.

Exercise for all of us is a vital component to health and wellbeing. But for someone with Parkinson’s symptoms, the effects are even more impactful. New research is showing a direct correlation between exercise and the progression of Parkinson’s disease. One particular study conducted by the Parkinson’s Outcomes Project revealed that those with Parkinson’s who exercised a minimum of just 2.5 hours each week achieved a higher degree of overall wellbeing as opposed to those who did not engage in any physical activity. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Parkinson’s symptoms develop as a result of a loss of brain cells that produce dopamine. Researchers believe that exercise helps the brain rebuild lost connections, create new ones, and ensure that existing ones remain in place. Additional information gleaned includes:

  • Gains were achieved in balance, stride length, and gait speed after treadmill exercise – surprisingly, in as little as just one session, and lasting for weeks after.
  • Coordination and motor function both increased in participants who pedaled faster on a stationary bike – and again, those results lingered for weeks after the initial gain.
  • Marked improvements in normal movement were detected in Parkinson’s patients who engaged in regular exercise programs over those who did not.

These outcomes were realized through consistent, ongoing exercise. The results have shown that the protective benefits achieved did cease when the level and intensity of the exercise was reduced, or if it was implemented for only a short duration of time. The necessary criteria for long-term results can be compared to the criteria required to aid those recovering from a stroke or traumatic brain injury: specificity, intensity, difficulty, and complexity.

Further research is now underway to zero in even further on the particular benefits of exercise for those with Parkinson’s disease, and the reasoning behind those benefits. In the meantime, if someone you love has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, it’s certainly worthwhile to talk to his or her doctor for recommendations on an exercise plan.

Nightingale Homecare, the top-rated provider of both medical and non-medical home care in Phoenix and surrounding communities, is available to help those challenged by Parkinson’s symptoms as well, through our Journeys Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder program, along with services such as:

Contact Arizona’s most trusted in-home care specialists, Nightingale Homecare, for a free consultation in the comfort of home and to learn more about how we can help someone you love live his or her best possible life. You can reach us any time at (602) 504-1555 to learn more about home care assistance in Peoria and the surrounding communities.

The Changing Face of Parkinson’s Disease

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Discover the 5 stages of Parkinson’s disease and the changes that may occur in each from the Phoenix senior care team at Nightingale Homecare.

According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, the number of Americans diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease is predicted to cross the one million mark by next year – impacting more than those with MS, muscular dystrophy, and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined. In fact, there are already more than ten million people with the disease worldwide.

As such, it’s likely that most of us either already are or will be closely acquainted with someone managing the disease; so it’s important for all of us to better understand how the disease progresses, and what changes might be encountered in each stage. Our Phoenix senior care team has the information you need:

Stage 1

In the beginning stage of Parkinson’s disease, patients typically begin to experience mild tremors on one side of the body, as well as barely perceptible changes to posture, ambulation, and/or facial expressions.

Stage 2

As the disease begins to progress to Stage 2, tremors may become apparent on both sides of the body, along with rigidity and more noticeable changes to posture and ambulation. During this phase, patients can usually still manage daily life independently, although with a bit more difficulty.

Stage 3

Balance and coordination issues are common in this stage, leading to slowed movements and increased risk of falls. Activities of daily living (ADLs) such as getting dressed and eating may require a little assistance – or may simply take more time to complete independently.

Stage 4 

In the fourth stage of the disease, there is a markedly greater level of impairment, and many daily tasks will require assistance, including help with walking and other forms of movement.

Stage 5

In the fifth and final stage of Parkinson’s disease, many patients will need a wheelchair for mobility, as impairment of motor skills advances and there is increased difficulty with standing, walking, and managing daily activities. Hallucinations are also common in this stage.

If you or a senior loved one is managing the effects of Parkinson’s disease, our Phoenix senior care team is on hand to help with personalized services adapted to meet needs both now and as the disease progresses in the future.

Our Journeys Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder program is staffed by BIG and LOUD certified therapists with specialized expertise in improving quality of life for those challenged by movement difficulties such as those experienced in Parkinson’s disease.

  • Our BIG program utilizes a proven exercise approach in which patients learn techniques to make bigger movements that lead to more normalized movement patterns; and
  • Our LOUD program helps patients improve quality and volume of speech, leading to more confident and effective conversation abilities and socialization.

We also work with Parkinson’s patients to improve swallowing, facial muscle control, balance, fine motor skills, fall prevention, and much more.

Contact Nightingale Homecare, the best providers of respite care Sun City, AZ and the surrounding areas depend on for quality care, any time at (602) 504-1555 to learn more about our specialty Parkinson’s care program, or any of our other in-home senior care services.