Caregivers gain better understanding of Parkinson's Disease

Home Instead caregivers welcomed a special visitor to their meeting this week.

Glyn Price who is a Volunteer Educator for Parkinson's UK in the South West gave members of the team an excellent overview of Parkinson's Disease and how it can affect those diagnosed with it.

There are around 127,000 people with this condition in the UK which affects as many as one in fifty over the age of eighty. It is caused by a lack of dopamine-producing cells in part of the brain which controls movement and at present there is no cure, although drugs can help alleviate some of the symptoms.

No two people are affected in exactly the same way and as someone who has himself been diagnosed with Parkinson's, Glyn gave Home Instead caregivers an invaluable insight into his own experience of the condition. There is a wide range of potential symptoms, from slowness of movement to stiffness, lack of facial expression, incontinence, depression and pain, and from problems with speech and balance to sleep disorders and dementia.

Glyn went on to outline the services and support available to people diagnosed with Parkinson's in Gloucestershire. These include GPs, Neurologists, Social Services, Physiotherapists, Continence Advisors, Dieticians, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Carer's organisations, specialist Parkinson's nurses and Parkinson's UK itself.

Home Instead provides support and assistance for people with a range of specialist care needs including those with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and dementia.