The effects of Parkinson’s disease can be physically and emotionally hard on those who suffer from the disease and those who care for them. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke the average age of onset is around 60 and the chances of being diagnosed increases with age. It is more prevalent in men than women. The cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown.
But there is hope. If diagnosed early, treatment and therapy can reduce the side effects, helping the patient lead an active lifestyle. The goal of the HealthSouth Parkinson’s program is to give patients a chance to achieve maximum independence. The program teaches disease management by improving physical capabilities, including:
- Individual assessment of patient’s strengths and limitations
- Working with patients on endurance training, adaptive living skills, mobility training and communication/cognitive skills
- Providing patient, family and caregiver education
- Strengthening the patient’s self-image
- Maintaining a continuum of care that focuses on independence and safety
Treatment for Parkinson’s disease
Treatment for Parkinson’s patients may include:
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