10 Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

As senior living providers conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, and diabetes tend to get a lot of our attention. However, with 50,000 – 60,000 new cases diagnosed every year, Parkinson’s disease is also an important concern for us in caring for our aging population. In fact, the CDC ranks complications from Parkinson’s as the 14th leading cause of death, and there are an estimated four to six million people worldwide who suffer from the condition.

Do you and our caregivers know the warning signs for Parkinson’s disease? According to the National Parkinson Foundation, they include:

  1. Tremor or Shaking
  2. Small Handwriting
  3. Loss of Smell
  4. Trouble Sleeping
  5. Trouble Moving or Walking
  6. Constipation
  7. A Soft or Low Voice
  8. Masked Face
  9. Dizziness or Fainting
  10. Stooping or Hunching Over

If you notice these warning signs in one of your residents, report it immediately to his/her physician immediately.

Click here to learn more about the warning signs and how to manage Parkinson’s disease from the National Parkinson Foundation

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