In Parkinson’s disease, the brain no longer produces enough dopamine.
In the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, medication can control the
symptoms. As the disease progresses, higher doses of medication may no
longer be able to compensate for the loss of dopamine. This deficit may
result in slowed movements, rigidity, difficulty walking, freezing,
swallowing problems, slowed thinking, tremors, and vision problems.
Medication side effects can manifest as hallucinations, obsessive
behaviors including gambling and hyper sexuality, delusions, paranoia,
and personality changes. Dementias and depression are also frequent
manifestations of Parkinson’s disease.
Problems with frontal brain activities such as making good judgment
decisions and managing money often develop. People with these problems
may have difficulty picking out which shirt to wear or deciding whether
to wear closed toe shoes or sandals. They tend to get bogged down by
small, everyday life decisions. Life becomes difficult for them. A
controlled environment can make life easier on both the Parkinson’s
individual and the caregiver. At the Groves, we can limit the decisions
the person has to make so the individual can focus on the important
things in life.
The Groves is lucky to have a Registered Nurse who has spent many years
studying Parkinson’s disease and will partner with the resident’s
physicians to balance medications to maximize control while minimizing
side effects. The RN understands their problems and takes measures to
ensure you gain the best control over their symptoms as possible.
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