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Managing Parkinsons: What you can do for your loved ones

A report published by the World Health Organisation suggests that the incidence of Parkinson's disease has nearly doubled over the past 25 years. In India alone, nearly 7 million people are living with the disease and experts have even pointed toward the possibility of a 200 to 300 per cent increase in the cases over the coming 2 to 3 decades.


What is Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder which is marked by uncontrollable tremors and movements that are a result of some problem with the patient's nervous system. Parkinson's disease, in a later stage, can also affect the persons thinking ability and mental well-being. It is more commonly seen in elderlies, with an average age of 60 years and the risks further increase with increasing age. Parkinson's disease can make it very difficult for the patient to indulge in simple day-to-day activities, often giving rise to a sense of embarrassment. The experience can be physically and mentally challenging for the patients, but your affection and care can help them overcome most challenges and improve the quality of their life. Here are a few things, recommended by experts from the best neurosurgery hospital in Gurgaon, that can do to make a difference in the life of a loved one suffering from Parkinson's.


Educate yourself about the disease - This is the first and the most crucial step for anyone who is willing to be a caregiver. You need to learn more about the disease and get familiar with various aspects including the symptoms and how you can manage them. There are certain guidelines that have to be followed stringently, especially when it comes to medication and exercise. Make sure you are well aware of all the basics. You can find authentic blogs and articles online, or you can even consult the best neurologist in Gurgaon to help you.


Volunteer to ease their tasks - For someone suffering from Parkinson's disease, carrying out daily tasks can be very difficult and time-consuming. And many people often hesitate from asking for help due to embarrassment. Step in and volunteer to help them whenever you can. You can have them with buying the grocery, preparing their meals or getting their medication. Make them comfortable so that they can ask for your help whenever they need it.


Encourage them to take part in activities - Parkinson's is not curable however the best neurologist in Gurgaon suggests that there are ways of slowing down its progress, and when it comes to that physical activities are very crucial. Staying physically active will help their brain to use dopamine better. This will contribute to improving their strength and balance. If you notice that your loved one is following a sedentary lifestyle, encourage them to move around, go for walks or even try yoga. You can also accompany them as this will boost their confidence even more.


Don't treat them differently - Coping up with the fact that they have Parkinson's, in itself, is a big challenge and when you remind them of the same every now and then, it further overwhelms them. Don't use words like "you won't be able to do this" or "don't do that". It is understandable that the disease is progressive and the symptoms are very likely to aggravate, however you don't have to point it out. Let them grasp and get used to these changes at their own pace.


If you wish to know more about how you can help someone with Parkinson's, you can consult the experts from the best hospital in Gurgaon, for all the guidance you need. Make sure they do not miss their appointments and take their medication religiously.

Dr. Sunil Singla, Director and Head of the Department


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