Parkinson’s Disease Articles
Normally, we don’t have to think about the act of walking; our brain incorporates this activity into the task we are trying to achieve. For example, if you were off to the corner mailbox to mail a card to a friend, your brain would go into autopilot: Your brain would calculate the distance and speed as well as help you avoid the dips and cracks in the sidewalk, and you would be back at home before you knew it. When you have Parkinson’s, the timing aspect of your walking may be affected so this sort of “normal activity” can become more difficult.
Temporary ups and downs are part of the human experience. It’s when a de-pressed/sad mood persists for several weeks, deepens, and eventually starts interfering with everyday living that professional help is required.
When Dr. James Parkinson described the “shaking palsy” in 1817, he talked about the masked face, resting tremor, slowing of voluntary movement and stooped posture that we all recognize as the common characteristics of Parkinson’s. But he also described his patients as unhappy, dejected, or melancholic so the recognition that depression can be a part of Parkinson’s is not new.
Many people with Parkinson’s have communication challenges as a result of both motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Communication challenges can also occur during ‘on/off’ periods of medication use, which affect the person’s ability to function and interact with others. This article provides a general overview of communication challenges in Parkinson’s and provide you with some tips.
Sexual concerns rank among the most difficult communication issues for couples. Our perceptions of masculinity and femininity and what we expect from our intimate relationships are as unique as our personalities. Self-concept, body image and self-esteem all impact the quality of our sexual relations The physical challenges presented by Parkinson’s can also have specific effects on sexual participation and satisfaction.
Parkinsonism is defined as any of a group of neurological disorders similar to Parkinson’s disease, marked by muscular rigidity, tremor and impaired motor control. Although, classic (idiopathic) Parkinson’s is the most common form of Parkinsonism, a small minority of people may be diagnosed with one of the atypical variants called Parkinson-Plus Syndromes.
When someone who is 21-50 years old receives a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD), it is referred to as Young Onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD), or early onset Parkinson’s.
Although most symptoms of PD are universal, regardless of age, managing the disease can be particularly challenging given the unique needs of a younger person and the person’s family medically, psychologically and socially.
Parkinson’s disease progresses over many years and at different rates for each person. A variety of health care professionals could play a vital role in helping you manage your symptoms. Develop an ongoing relationship with people you like and trust. Ideally, they should have experience dealing with Parkinson’s.
When you have a concern, don’t wait. There are specialists available to help you every step of the way.
While Parkinson’s Disease is characterized by slowness of movement, rigidity, tremor and postural instability, many people with Parkinson’s may experience other changes; sometimes even prior to their motor symptoms. These other changes, known as non-motor symptoms, can also negatively affect one’s quality of life and many patients may not realize that these other symptoms are linked to Parkinson’s disease.