April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the nervous system that affects movement and speech. It occurs when the neurons in the brain responsible for producing dopamine, a chemical that helps to regulate movement, begin to degenerate. This leads to a variety of symptoms, including tremors, stiffness, slow movement, and problems with balance and coordination.

The disease can affect younger people, but it is most commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 60. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but there are treatments available that can help to manage the symptoms and improve quality of life. It is a slowly progressing disease, so maintaining a high quality of life is still very possible for those who have the disease. 

If you have a loved one with Parkinson’s disease, it can be difficult to know how to support them. Keep reading below for some tips to help you provide the best possible care for your loved one with Parkinson’s Disease.


The first step in supporting a loved one with Parkinson’s disease is to educate yourself about the disease. Learn about the symptoms, the progression of the disease, and the available treatments. This will help you to better understand what your loved one is going through and how you can help.

There are many resources available online, including websites and support groups, that can provide you with information about Parkinson’s disease. Talk to your loved one’s doctor, as well, to get a better understanding of their specific situation.


Parkinson’s disease can be frustrating and exhausting for both the person with the disease and their caregivers. It’s important to be patient and understanding with your loved one, especially as the disease progresses and the symptoms become more severe.

Be willing to listen to your loved one’s concerns and frustrations, and try to provide emotional support as well as physical care. Remember that your loved one may become more dependent on you as the disease progresses, and be prepared to adjust your caregiving responsibilities accordingly.


Exercise and physical therapy can be extremely beneficial for people with Parkinson’s disease. Exercise can help to improve balance, coordination, and flexibility, while physical therapy can help to reduce stiffness and improve overall mobility.

Encourage your loved one to participate in regular exercise and physical therapy sessions, and try to participate in these activities with them if possible. This can help to provide motivation and support and make the experience more enjoyable for both of you.


As Parkinson’s disease progresses, your loved one may have difficulty with daily tasks such as dressing, bathing, and cooking. It’s important to be prepared to help with these tasks as needed, and to be patient and understanding when your loved one needs assistance.

Consider hiring a caregiver or home health aide to assist with these tasks if you are unable to provide the necessary care. This can help to reduce the burden on you and ensure that your loved one receives the care they need.


Managing Parkinson’s disease can be a complex and overwhelming process. It’s important to stay organized and keep track of your loved one’s medications, appointments, and other important information.

Consider creating a schedule or calendar to help you stay on top of appointments and medication schedules. Keep important documents and information in one central location, such as a binder or folder, to ensure that everything is easily accessible.


Caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease can be emotionally and physically exhausting. It’s important to seek support from family, friends, and healthcare professionals to help you manage your caregiving responsibilities.

Consider joining a support group for caregivers of people with Parkinson’s disease. These groups can provide valuable emotional support, as well as practical advice and tips for managing caregiving responsibilities.

In conclusion, supporting a loved one with Parkinson’s disease can be challenging, but with patience, understanding, and a willingness to learn, you can provide the best possible care for your loved one with Parkinson’s Disease. If you find yourself in need of help with caregiving, give us a call. We offer a variety of in-home caregiving services, such as companionship, medication reminders, respite services, and more. Learn more about how we can help you and your loved one by clicking here

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