Recognizing the Signs of Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease can have a major impact on senior health as the condition progresses and destroys neurons in the brain. The signs of the disease are relatively consistent across all people. You should know how to recognize the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
One of the first and most noticeable signs of Parkinson’s disease is uncontrollable shaking. You usually start to have tremors in your hands in the early stages. The shaking will occur even while your hands are at rest. A common symptom many people develop is called pill rolling. This is when the thumb and index finger uncontrollably seem to rub against or circle each other. The tremors can spread to the rest of the body as the disease progresses.
Parkinson’s disease can cause your movements to slow down. You will start having a sluggish appearance when doing normal tasks like picking something up and moving around. Walking can become difficult. You might be unable to stand up from a sitting position and climbing stairs could become impossible. The slowed movements could also affect your motor skills over time.
Nerve damage caused by the disease can lead to rigid muscles. This means that your muscles are getting tight and locked for no apparent reasons. Rigidity can have a number of negative consequences. You could lose the normal range of motion you are used to with your arms and legs. Rigidity also tends to cause pain.
Parkinson’s disease can affect the way you talk. You could have difficulty with speech. It is common to see dramatic changes such as suddenly slurring words, speaking much faster than normal or even speaking with a deadpan tone that has no emotion. Speech problems usually occur later as the disease becomes more serious.
Problems With Balance and Coordination
Another symptom is problems with balance. You could start to become so unbalanced while standing up that you cannot stabilize yourself without holding onto something. This loss of balance can also affect your basic motor skills. Losing your balance while walking can lead to many senior health problems and potentially serious injuries if you fall.
Automatic Actions Stop Occurring
A final way Parkinson’s disease can negatively affect senior health is by causing automatic actions to stop occurring. These are actions such as blinking or moving your arms while walking to stabilize your body. Not performing these actions automatically can lead to minor or moderate health problems.