Tips for Helping Your Senior Manage Anxiety in Their Parkinson’s Disease

Anxiety is a challenge many people would not immediately think of when it comes to Parkinson’s disease. Experts, however, estimate that approximately 40 percent of those living with this progressive disease do experience anxiety. This is not just an emotional response to having the disease, or to the other challenges and symptoms associated with it. Instead, it is the result of the actual changes in the brain that occur with the disease. As a family caregiver, it is important to help your senior manage their anxiety as a continual element of their Parkinson’s disease care.

Elder Care in Jupiter FL: Managing Anxiety in Parkinson's Disease

Elder Care in Jupiter FL: Managing Anxiety in Parkinson’s Disease

Use these tips to help your senior manage anxiety while living with Parkinson’s disease:

  • Learn as much as you can about PD, and ensure your senior knows as much as they can as well. Knowing as much as you can about the disease and the symptoms can help your parent feel more in control.
  • Encourage your parent to pay close attention to their anxiety and identify environmental and situational triggers that can cause or worsen symptoms. This can help them to avoid these triggers as much as they can.
  • Encourage your parent to talk to their doctor and discuss any potential medical interventions that may be appropriate for them. Even if your parent does not choose to pursue these, just knowing there are options can be comforting and help your parent feel more confident.
  • Help your parent find several coping approaches that appeal to them, such as aromatherapy, relaxation techniques, and meditation. Having several ways to manage their symptoms allows them to choose the one that is best in each situation, and use a new one if one isn’t effective.
  • Be there for your parent and integrate elder care into their routine to provide further companionship and support.

 

When it comes to your role as a family caregiver for your aging parent, choosing to begin elder care for them can be one of the most meaningful and beneficial decisions you can make. Having the customer services of an elderly home care services provider as a part of their regular care can give your senior more consistent and reliable access to personalized, respectful, and effective care and assistance to meet their specific needs in ways that are right for them. This type of care is also beneficial to you in that it allows you to delegate care tasks so you have more flexibility in your schedule, time for other responsibilities and obligations in your life, and more opportunity to take care of yourself. This allows for better quality of life for your aging parents, and for you as they age in place.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Jupiter, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

 

Sources

http://parkinson.org/Understanding-Parkinsons/Causes-and-Statistics/Statistics

http://www.parkinson.org/Understanding-Parkinsons/Symptoms/Non-Movement-Symptoms/Anxiety

President, Anne Marie Thompson, brings over 25 years of healthcare experience to Activa Home Health.

“My entire career as a nurse has been devoted to serving the senior population, helping them to age safely and independently in their homes,” says Thompson.

Anne Marie enjoys spending time with her children. She also loves the outdoors, spending time at the beach and out on the water enjoying all things sunny South Florida has to offer.