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What Is It Like for a Person Living with Parkinson’s?

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Parkinson’s disease undoubtedly makes daily life more difficult. Patients with Parkinson’s disease have a variety of movement symptoms that significantly impair their ability to go about their daily lives.

Also, symptoms that aren’t related to movements, like depression, memory loss, and trouble sleeping, can profoundly affect their quality of life and well-being.

However, medications and Parkinson’s treatments can help alleviate the symptoms and improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s.

Chewing & Swallowing Difficulties

Patients in the late stages of Parkinson’s disease may have difficulty chewing due to muscle failure in the mouth. They may also develop problems with swallowing.
Smell Dysfunction

Some Parkinson’s patients may have issues with their sense of smell.

Emotional Changes and Mood Disorders

Some people with Parkinson’s may experience anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. For example, the person may become easily irritable and discouraged. In addition, they may experience energy loss, apathy, fatigue, or suicidal thoughts.

What Should Parkinson’s Patients Avoid?

According to research, exercise and diet can affect the onset of the disease and quality of life in Parkinson’s patients. So, avoiding a sedentary lifestyle and making dietary changes may help control the symptoms.

Parkinson’s patients should avoid processed foods, foods that are hard to chew and swallow, and certain dairy products.

Movement Difficulties

Over time, the disease can cause slowed movement or bradykinesia, making simple daily tasks such as getting out of the chair and walking challenging.

Muscle stiffness may also develop, limiting the person’s range of motion. Impaired balance and posture and loss of automatic movement may impair a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks and unconscious movements (like swinging arms while walking).
Changes in Writing and Speech

Parkinson’s patients may find it challenging to write as their symptoms progress. Also, their writing may appear smaller and crumpled. In addition, they may begin to speak softly or hesitate before talking.
Dementia and Thinking Problems

In the later stages of Parkinson’s disease, dementia and trouble thinking can happen, so the person may need help with everyday tasks around the clock.