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[INFOGRAPHIC] Uncovering Hidden Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease


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In 2012, the National Parkinson’s Foundation presented findings from the largest study to date of clients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and their caregivers – The Parkinson’s Outcomes Project – A report to the community. One key finding from this landmark study is that depression and anxiety had the greatest impact on health status for clients with PD.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Uncovering Hidden Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

  1. 1. RECOGNIZE & SHARE symptoms of depression, anxiety, and grief with your care team, family, and friends. Depression self-assessment: GET SUPPORT ADJUST YOUR LIFE, ROLES & ACTIVITIES based on your areas of strength: CHOOSE HEALTHY FOODS GET INVOLVED THROUGH ADVOCACY EXPAND YOUR CARE TEAM to include providers who understand and treat psychosocial challenges such as depression, anxiety, and grief. STAY ACTIVE It is important to talk to your healthcare provider prior to starting any new routines. • Tai Chi • Yoga • Pilates • Stretching “Scientists showed that the impact of depression on health status is almost twice that of the motor impairments universally associated with Parkinson’s.” Parkinson’s Outcomes Project – 2012 FACIAL EXPRESSIONBALANCE MOBILITY INDEPENDENCE ROLES When reading through the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, you frequently see the words, “loss of” Our challenge – “Depression and anxiety have greatest impact on health status” We should also focus on uncovering and treating the grief and loss that may be driving - or related to - depression and anxiety. The MayoClinic defines grief as… “…the natural reaction to loss. Grief is both a universal and a personal experience. Individual experiences of grief vary and are influenced by the nature of the loss. Some examples of loss in- clude the death of a loved one, the ending of an important relationship, job loss, loss through theft or the loss of independence through disability.” EMPOWER clients to self-assess, share, and overcome depression, anxiety, and grief (click the links below) Avoidance Confusion Elation Shock Fear Frustration Irritation Anxiety Overwhelmed Helplessness Hostility Flight Struggling To Find Meaning Reaching Out To Others Telling One’s Story Exploring Options New Plan In Place Moving On Kübler-Ross Stages of Grief ANGER BARGAINING ACCEPTANCE DENIAL DEPRESSION Information and Communication Guidance and Direction Emotional Support by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross EDUCATE clients with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers about the stages of grief Parkinson’s Solutions Toolkit © 2013 Griswold International, LLC A Griswold Home Care publication The four main symptoms of PD are: • As these symptoms become more pronounced, patients may have difficulty walking, talking, or completing other important daily tasks. Tremor or trembling in the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face Stiffness of the limbs and trunk Slowness of movement Problems with posture, balance and coordination Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: National Parkinson’s Foundation The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research American Academy of Neurology: Practice parameter: treatment of non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. (2010). National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke – Benefits of Tai Chi: Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation: Depression - What are the treatment options for Anxiety?: Videos and webcasts: Emotions and Parkinson’s Disease: How are Depression and Parkinson’s Disease linked? I have Parkinson’s Disease, it doesn’t have me #1: I have Parkinson’s Disease, it doesn’t have me #2: Additional Resources brought to you by: Uncovering the of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) What is Parkinson’s Disease? • Parkinson's disease (PD) belongs to a group of conditions called motor system disorders, which are the result of the loss of dopamine- producing brain cells. Dopamine is a chemical messenger in the brain that impacts movement and emotions. PARKINSON’S BRAIN NEURON CELL NORMAL Terminal Branch of Sender Dopamine Terminal Branch