People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may experience a variety of symptoms. And, what one person experiences, the next may not. Usually, the symptoms of PD start when a person is between age 50 and age 60. They develop gradually and worsen over time. One symptom that is common in most people with PD is tremors. They occur in about 80 percent of people with the disease and can be one of the more difficult symptoms to deal with.
Two Kinds of Parkinson’s Tremors.
A tremor is when a part of the body shakes uncontrollably. The typical Parkinson’s tremor is a slow and rhythmic movement. It often starts in just one body part, like a hand or foot. Eventually, though, it is likely to occur in both sides.
There are two basic kinds of tremors:
- Resting Tremors: These tremors are the most often experienced in people with PD. They happen while the body part affected is relaxed. In the hands, they might look like the senior is rolling a small pill between their thumb and finger over and over again.
- Action Tremors: Only around 25 percent of PD patients have action tremors. They happen while a person is making a voluntary movement.
Tremors can be especially difficult to cope with because they make it hard to do everyday tasks. Resting tremors may become worse when the senior tries to do something where the body part needs to be held in one position. For example, a hand may shake worse when the person holds an eating utensil, causing them to spill.
There is no cure for Parkinson’s tremors. However, they can be treated using medications and, in some cases, surgery. The treatments used to control other symptoms of PD usually help to control tremors as well. Other things that may help with tremors are:
- Physical therapy.
- Consuming less caffeine.
- Reducing stress.
The good news is that, according to the American Parkinson Disease Association, when a person’s most severe symptom is tremor, they often have a milder course of progression. They also tend to live longer. In addition, tremors are the only PD symptom that occasionally gets better without treatment.
Elderly care can be an effective way for older adults with PD to cope with tremors and other symptoms. Elderly care providers can assist with activities that become difficult due to tremors, such as eating. An elderly care provider can also ensure that your aging relative with PD remains safe when family caregivers cannot be with them due to work or other responsibilities. In addition, while the elderly care provider is keeping an eye on the senior, they can also assist with household duties, such as cleaning, laundry, and making meals.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Houston, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
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