In Parkinson's disease, the brain no longer produces enough dopamine. In the early stages of Parkinson's disease, medication can control the symptoms. As the disease progresses, higher doses of medication may no longer be able to compensate for the loss of dopamine. This deficit may result in slowed movements, rigidity, difficulty walking, freezing, swallowing problems, slowed thinking, tremors, and vision problems. Medication side effects can manifest as hallucinations, obsessive behaviors including gambling and hyper sexuality, delusions, paranoia, and personality changes. Dementias and depression are also frequent manifestations of Parkinson's disease.

Problems with frontal brain activities such as making good judgment decisions and managing money often develop. People with these problems may have difficulty picking out which shirt to wear or deciding whether to wear closed toe shoes or sandals. They tend to get bogged down by small, everyday life decisions. Life becomes difficult for them. A controlled environment can make life easier on both the Parkinson's individual and the caregiver. At the Groves, we can limit the decisions the person has to make so the individual can focus on the important things in life.

The Groves is lucky to have a Registered Nurse who has spent many years studying Parkinson's disease and will partner with the resident's physicians to balance medications to maximize control while minimizing side effects. The RN understands their problems and takes measures to ensure you gain the best control over their symptoms as possible.

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