How serious is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. It is a chronic and progressive disease that affects approximately 10 million people worldwide. The severity of Parkinson’s disease can vary greatly from person to person, with some experiencing mild symptoms and others experiencing severe disability.
Parkinson’s disease is characterized by a range of motor and non-motor symptoms. The motor symptoms include tremors, stiffness, slowness of movement, and difficulty with balance and coordination. Non-motor symptoms can include depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and cognitive impairment.
While Parkinson’s disease is not fatal, it can significantly impact a person’s quality of life and lead to disability. As the disease progresses, it can become increasingly difficult for people to perform everyday tasks, such as getting dressed, cooking, and driving. Parkinson’s disease can also lead to falls, which can result in serious injuries, such as broken bones or head trauma.
Overcoming Your Diagnosis
One of the biggest challenges of Parkinson’s disease is that there is no known cure. While medications and other treatments can help manage symptoms, they cannot stop or reverse the progression of the disease. As a result, people with Parkinson’s disease must manage their symptoms throughout their lifetime.
LSVT as a service and how it has changed lives
At Life Skills Village we have both members of our Occupational Therapy Team and our Speech and Language Pathology team certified to treat in both LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD in aiding those in their daily life with Parkinson’s. The changes in patients lives that LSVT has been able to quickly transform the community and its approach to Parkinson’s has been drastic and incredibly helpful. This is why our team made an active effort to get individual therapists to be certified to assist as best as possible in our facility and in the community.
Despite the challenges of Parkinson’s disease, it is important to remember that everyone’s experience with the disease is different. Some people with Parkinson’s disease may have relatively mild symptoms that are easily managed with treatment, while others may experience more severe symptoms that significantly impact their daily life that need to seek immediate treatment.
What Comes Next?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, it is important to work closely with a healthcare professional to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. By taking a proactive approach to managing symptoms and seeking support from healthcare professionals and support groups, people with Parkinson’s disease can lead fulfilling lives and continue to engage in the activities they enjoy.
Please contact us at 248-788-4300 to speak to someone at Life Skills Village
Please Review Sources:
Article on Preventing Parkinson’s Disease:
- Parkinson’s Foundation: Preventing Parkinson’s Disease. (n.d.). https://www.parkinson.org/Understanding-Parkinsons/Causes-and-Statistics/Preventing-Parkinsons
Article on Severity of Parkinson’s Disease:
- Parkinson’s Foundation: Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms. (n.d.). https://www.parkinson.org/Understanding-Parkinsons/Symptoms
- Parkinson’s Foundation: Parkinson’s Disease Stages. (n.d.). https://www.parkinson.org/Understanding-Parkinsons/Diagnosis/Parkinsons-Disease-Stages