Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system. It affects movement and often includes tremors, stiffness, and difficulty with balance. However, many people with Parkinson’s disease also develop mental health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and psychosis.
Helping a parent with their end-of-life decisions and caregiving responsibilities can be a challenging experience even for the closest of family members. Yet this reality is something more families are facing everyday.
When dealing with a serious illness, it is important for families to be on the same page about the patient’s plan of care. Palliative care family meetings are an important tool in identifying the patient’s wishes, guiding decision making, and creating patient-centered goals.
Most older adults and people facing serious illness are using medication of some kind to manage symptoms, treat their illness, and address other chronic health issues. With so much affecting their loved one’s health, family caregivers often ask about the difference between symptoms and side effects of the medication.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable illness that presents and progresses differently for everyone who has it. Most people will experience some numbness or weakness on one side of the body, eye pain, or vision issues. However, MS can also include tremors, tingling, balance issues, fatigue, dizziness, and bladder or bowel issues.
According to the American Stroke Foundation, one in four stroke survivors will have another stroke. This is because the conditions that caused the first stroke can cause the next one and the one after that.