The emotional impact of Parkinson’s disease sometimes takes family caregivers and their senior loved ones by surprise. While you probably expected your loved one to experience physical symptoms of the condition, you might not have known that he or she could also undergo mood changes. Due to the effects of changes within the brain, you need to watch for these six ways Parkinson’s can affect emotions.
According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, approximately 60 percent of people with the condition experience depression because Parkinson’s affects the regulation of mood-influencing hormones, such as serotonin, in the brain. Over time, your loved one may exhibit symptoms of depression, such as prolonged periods of sadness, that need to be addressed by his or her physician.
In addition to depression, your loved one may also experience anxiety, which might be linked to decreasing levels of hormones within the brain that generate a sense of calm. It may also be related to your loved one’s reaction to the constant changes that occur in life. Help your loved one manage anxiety by encouraging regular exercise. Social opportunities, such as enjoying lunch with a caregiver, also provide an outlet for your loved one’s emotions.
Your loved one may get a great deal of benefit from a professional caregiver, who can provide compassionate companionship as well as help with everyday tasks. Families looking for top-rated home care providers can reach out to Home Care Assistance. From respite care to specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care, there are many ways we can make life easier for seniors and their loved ones.
Your loved one may become frustrated more easily than in the past. Learning how to manage symptoms such as freezing and tremors is challenging, but it’s possible. You can help your loved one avoid becoming frustrated by showing him or her new ways to manage common tasks. For instance, your loved one can help with preparing meals by working alongside a caregiver, who can cut up vegetables while your loved one mixes them in a bowl to make a salad.
Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care. New Hampshire Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.
4. Happy Moments
Fortunately, Parkinson’s disease doesn’t always lead to negative emotions. Your loved one may also experience moments of extreme happiness. These types of emotions are most common when hitting a milestone or managing to overcome a challenge. Your loved one is also more likely to be happy when engaged in a fun activity with you or another caregiver.
Seniors sometimes experience a decrease in self-esteem as the list of things they can no longer do grows. Help your loved one regain a sense of purpose by finding new hobbies for him or her to enjoy. Your loved one may enjoy using voice recording software to write a memoir if he or she can no longer type well. Looking for alternative ways your loved one can contribute to the world can help him or her maintain a strong sense of purpose.
6. Mood Fluctuations
Parkinson’s disease is also associated with mood swings. Over time, you may notice your loved one tends to feel sad during certain parts of the day. Watch your loved one’s patterns so you can quickly step in when you know he or she is about to experience a low mood.
Parkinson’s disease can be particularly challenging, and both seniors and family caregivers can easily get overwhelmed. Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to New Hampshire Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. Home Care Assistance can be your trusted partner when your loved one needs help with the challenges of aging. Call us today at (603) 471-3004 to learn about our high-quality in-home care services.