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​​​​​​To the Home Instead Senior Care® network, enhancing the lives of aging adults and their families isn’t just about providing care services. If there’s a way we can make your life a little easier, a little less stressful, a little more manageable, we’re glad to share our resources and care expertise with you. ​​​​

Symptoms of Parkinsons Disease

Understanding the Signs and Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

One of the first things you may want to know if you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s is what to expect.

How does your doctor determine that you have Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s is diagnosed based on the presence of one or more common motor symptoms. The specific symptoms that an individual experiences varies from person to person. There are four groups of primary motor symptoms that people experience:
  • Tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  • Bradykinesia or slowness of movement
  • Rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
  • Postural instability or impaired balance and coordination

Are there other signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s?

There are also non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s. Non-motor symptoms also vary from person to person, and they may affect people with Parkinson's at all stages. These may include:
  • Cognitive issues, such as memory difficulties, slowed thinking and confusion
  • Mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Constipation
  • Speech problems
  • Problems with swallowing

How might Parkinson’s affect me?

Parkinson's is chronic and progressive, meaning that symptoms continue and can worsen over a period of years. It affects everyone differently and not all people with Parkinson’s will have the same experience.

It is important to know that you are not alone.

There are approximately one million Americans living with Parkinson’s; it is estimated that 350,000 experience OFF periods.
OFF periods occur anytime Parkinson's symptoms return.

Are you interested in knowing more?

If you would like to know more about living with Parkinson’s, join The Many Faces of OFF Facebook community. You will find stories from other people living with Parkinson's, plus tips and connections to events, support and much more.
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​​Feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Many people find that caring for an aging loved one requires some adaptation.® is a helpful place to go for resources that cover everything from self care to senior care, all with the goal of helping you manage, minimize, or prevent stress while making sure your loved one receives the best care possible.

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​​​If Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia affects someone in your family, this website is for you. You'll find a wealth of support resources, including free e-learning classes on some Alzheimer's care techniques, information about care services and an Alzheimer's respite care grant program, tips from experts and other family caregivers in a dementia support network, and much, much more. ​

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​If you're a family caregiver of an individual with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, the risk of wandering is one of the potential behavioral symptoms that a loved one could be facing. Wandering could put that person's safety in jeopardy. To help family caregivers keep their aging loved ones safe, Home Instead Senior Care has launched a free alert system, Missing Senior NetworkSM, available at  Sign up your older adult for this service that can help locate a loved one who goes missing or becomes lost.

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