During the early stages of the disease symptoms are mild and, apart from regular check-ups, no special interventions are required. However, as the disease progresses, care for Parkinson’s disease may include occupational therapy or physical therapy. Such therapies are tailored to individual needs and assist patients with the tasks of daily living.
Parkinson’s sufferers have slow movements and stiff muscles and tend to have balance problems. Caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease requires awareness of these symptoms and therapies to counteract them. Balance problems, insomnia, and memory loss are other issues that sufferers face.
Many people experience mild to moderate disability over an extended period, but as the disease progresses medication may be needed. Occasionally a doctor may even recommend brain surgery. Whatever the stage of the illness, a key aspect of care is friendly social interaction and perhaps psychotherapy.