Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic disorder affecting almost one million U.S. residents. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation lists tremors, rigidity in the limbs and center of the body, balance and coordination problems, and slowed movements as signs of the disease.
Difficulties with balance and coordination pose a problem with a parent who has Parkinson’s Disease. In a 2013 study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, more than half of the participants fell at least once in a 12-month span. Almost 3 out of every 10 participants fell more than once in that same year.
Researchers at the University of Houston are working on a belt that can help stabilize Parkinson’s patients and prevent them from falling. The Smarter Balance System uses feedback sent to a smartphone app to help customize exercises that help improve coordination and stability.
Here’s How the Belt Works.
A person with Parkinson’s Disease puts the belt on. The belt is filled with sensors that study the user’s motions. The app then takes the information and figures out what exercises would most help strengthen the muscles needed to make movements without impacting balance.
Exercises with this Smarter Balance System could be done in the privacy of the user’s home. Information is then sent to the patient’s doctor or physical therapist and stored in the patient’s medical records. This makes it easy for therapies to be adjusted.
Things You Can Do.
As Parkinson’s is progressive, your mom or dad will continue to worsen over the years. Your support is important. Your parent will need a ride to doctor’s appointments. You should consider attending so that you can get updated information on the current stage and what to expect next.
Your mom or dad will take daily medications. Someone may need to set those medications up and make sure they’re taken. Prescription reminders from caregivers and family members may become necessary, especially in the disease’s mid to late stages.
Expect mood swings to happen. You’re only seeing the impact of the disease, you’re not the one living it. Your mom or dad may have days where depression is prevalent. Anger or anxiety may also present itself from time to time. If it becomes overwhelming, make sure caregivers are on hand to give you a break. Go out and spend time alone and then return when you’ve cleared your mind.
When your parent has Parkinson’s, you should make sure that support is available regularly. Simple chores like sweeping the floor or chopping vegetables for dinner become challenging. Caregivers tackle the challenging chores, which reduces stress and frustration for your parent. Call a home care agency to learn more about the benefits of caregivers.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Turlock, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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