Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease on Elderly - Woodrose Senior Residences

Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease on Elderly

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination. Symptoms usually begin gradually, starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand, and worsens over time. As the disease progresses, the person may have difficulty walking and talking, and may also result in mental and behavioural changes, sleep problems, depression, memory difficulties as well as fatigue.

The early stages of Parkinson’s may be different for everyone as it might be mild and can go unnoticed. Although the disease can’t be cured, medications can help to significantly improve symptoms. The signs and symptoms may include:

  • Tremor.
    A tremor, or shaking, usually begins in a limb, often your hand or fingers. You may rub your thumb and forefinger back and forth, known as a pill-rolling tremor. Your hand may tremble when it’s at rest.
  • Slowed movement (bradykinesia).
    Over time, Parkinson’s disease may slow your movement, making simple tasks difficult and time-consuming. Your steps may become shorter when you walk. It may be difficult to get out of a chair. You may drag your feet as you try to walk.
  • Rigid muscles.
    Muscle stiffness may occur in any part of your body. The stiff muscles can be painful and limit your range of motion.
  • Impaired posture and balance.
    Your posture may become stooped, or you may have balance problems as a result of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Loss of automatic movements.
    You may have a decreased ability to perform unconscious movements, including blinking, smiling or swinging your arms when you walk.
  • Speech changes.
    You may speak softly, quickly, slur or hesitate before talking. Your speech may be more of a monotone rather than have the usual inflections.
  • Writing changes.
    It may become hard to write, and your writing may appear small.

If you or your Elders are experiencing any of the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to talk to a doctor. Starting treatment early can help to manage symptoms better.

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