What is Parkinson’s Disease Training?

Living with Parkinson’s can be challenging for individuals and their loved ones, and it’s vital to understand what the condition is and how symptoms manifest to be better prepared when facing these challenges.

This blog will discuss Parkinson’s disease and how the quality of life be improved whilst living with this condition.

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that impacts the movement of individuals.

In the early stages of Parkinson’s, the patient’s face may show little or no expression, their arms may not swing as freely whilst walking, and speech may become softer or slurred. These symptoms can worsen as more nerve cells die over time.

Although there’s no cure for Parkinson’s, there are medications that can substantially improve symptoms. Surgery is even possible to help regulate specific regions within the brain, which can improve the quality of life further.

What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?

There are many different symptoms of Parkinson’s, and individuals can often have varied experiences with the disorder. The order in which symptoms can come through may also be wildly different, and it’s unlikely that a sufferer will experience every symptom simultaneously - so it’s vital for individuals and their loved ones to keep a lookout for signs that can manifest in different ways.

The three main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease directly affect movement:

  • Tremor - Shaking, which tends to begin either in the hand or arm before gradually becoming more noticeable.
  • Slow movement - Known as bradykinesia, physical movements are much slower than normal and are prone to making everyday tasks more difficult.
  • Muscle rigidity - Stiffness in muscles is another symptom that can make it trickier for individuals to move around and make certain facial expressions.

Other possible symptoms can include a loss of smell and, interestingly, smaller handwriting, although there may be many other harmless factors that can lead to such symptoms, they’re certainly worth paying attention to - just in case, it’s a subtle hint that something’s not quite right.

What is the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease?

No tests can conclusively show that an individual is suffering from Parkinson’s. This means that a diagnosis can only be made through the observation of symptoms, analysis of medical history and a comprehensive physical examination.

However, if a doctor believes that their patient may have Parkinson’s, they will then refer the individual to a specialist. It’s more likely that a doctor will diagnose Parkinson’s disease in an individual if they’re displaying two of the three main symptoms of shaking or tremors at rest, slowness of movement or muscle stiffness.

If these symptoms improve after taking a medication called levodopa, it’s more likely that the patient has Parkinson’s.

How can you help a loved one with Parkinson’s disease?

Receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson’s can be an extremely distressing experience for your loved one and you must be able to offer both physical and emotional support for them as they adapt to life with the disorder.

One of the best ways to care for a loved one with Parkinson’s is to ensure that they live an active life despite their condition. Exercise helps the brain to use dopamine more efficiently, which can play a key role in mitigating the onset of the disorder.

It’s also essential that you ensure that your loved one isn’t made to feel as though they’ve lost touch with their normal lives. Try not to consciously treat them differently in how you interact with them and how you talk to them.

How can Mandatory Training Group help?

Mandatory Training Group has courses that help individuals to live active lives whilst managing medical conditions like severe allergies, heart issues, lung problems, epilepsy, diabetes, dementia, rare conditions, cancer or renal issues and, of course, Parkinson’s disease.

You can also visit our website for more information on all our related Parkinson's disease courses.

Where can I find online training courses for parkinson’s disease?

The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited parkinson’s disease training courses for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private companies, charitable and third sector organisations.

Alternatively, you can contact our helpful Support Team clicking here to tell us your training courses requirements for parkinson’s disease.

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