A Parkinson’s diagnosis is life changing for many families. However, there is no need to hit the panic button right away.
In order to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a visit with a neurologist is needed. Neurologists specialize in treating diseases and disorder associated with the brain and nervous system. With that being said, if a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease occurs after a visit with the neurologist, there is no need to scramble. Yes, Parkinson’s is a progressive, life changing disease, but many can still live a great quality of life throughout the disease progression.
It’s important to note, a diagnosis does not mean it is the end. Parkinson’s is a progressive disease, without a cure at the moment. However, there have been breakthroughs in science and medication to help control the symptoms. Parkinson’s also occurs in various stages, some lasting longer than others.
There are said to be eight stages that occur.
Many associate Parkinson’s to the final stages, which is understandable. However, there is potentially a great amount of time leading up to the final stages. Meaning an individual can still live a great quality of life in the early stages dependent on what actions are taken to do so.
Much of the published research regarding Parkinson’s disease centers around medication, marijuana and movement. Each of which are popular treatment tools, however movement seems to be at the top of the list. As the disease progresses, it becomes a greater challenge for the mind to send signals to the body, therefore movement becomes restricted. Those diagnosed with Parkinson’s can maintain those pathways longer by moving every single day. Specific time should be set aside to move. The movement can be something as simple as a walk or a personal trainer educated on the topic will be able to design exercise programs specific to the individual. It’s important to note, movement should be focused around difficult everyday tasks or weak areas such as balance or flexibility. The disease affects everyone differently, an exercise program tailored specifically to individuals and their disease progress is key.