The approximately one million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Parkinson’s disease all have their own journey and experience with the disease. The symptoms and challenges your parent faces, and the rate at which they progress through the stages of the disease, are all very personal to them.
There are some challenges, however that are common among a large percentage of people dealing with the disease, and one set of these is sleep challenges. In fact, experts estimate that 75 percent of those with the disease will experience some form of sleep disruption. As their family caregiver, you can make a tremendous difference in your parent’s health, well-being, and quality of life by understanding the types of sleep disorders they may face, and what steps you can take to help your parent cope, or resolve them.
Some ways Parkinson’s disease can impact your parent’s sleep include:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Waking up frequently to go to the bathroom
- Vivid dreaming that can be upsetting and lead to fitful sleep, or waking up
- Talking in their sleep
- Shouting out in their sleep
- Challenges turning over in bed
- Jerking, shaking, tingling, or cramping feelings in the legs, also known as restless leg syndrome
Not getting enough sleep can greatly increase your parent’s symptoms, and make it more challenging for them to maintain their normal functioning and quality of life. If your elder is dealing with these challenges, don’t hesitate to get in touch with their doctor to discuss how you and your parent can control these symptoms, and improve your parent’s quality of sleep.
If you have been looking for ways to enhance your aging parents life, and ensure they get the care and support they need when they are facing potentially serious health issues such as Parkinson’s disease, elder care may be the ideal solution.
An elder home care services provider can offer a wide range of fully customizable services tailored specifically to your aging parent, and their needs. Whether your aging parent needs only a few hours of care throughout the week, or would benefit from care throughout the night to manage challenges when you are sleeping, this customized care helps your parent manage their needs and issues in the ways that are right for them.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services near Lititz PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller. Mary Lynne is a Google Verified Author
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