Understanding the Five Stages of Parkinson’s Disease in the Elderly

More common in men, and more widespread than muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined, Parkinson’s disease impacts upwards of 7 – 10 million individuals worldwide, with another 600,000 Americans diagnosed every year. And while every individual’s encounter with the disease may differ in severity, there are five stages of progression that are typical for all. In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, All Care In-Home Care Solutions in Medford, OR offers the following important information about Parkinson’s disease in the elderly:

Stage 1: Identified as early-stage Parkinson’s, during the course of this stage the individual usually has only mild signs or symptoms that may display as follows:

Symptoms are only on one side of the body

Symptoms are troublesome, but not disabling

Uncontrolled tremors or shaking in one limb may be detected

Family and friends can frequently detect differences in the person’s posture, balance, and facial expressions

Stage 2: During the second stage of Parkinson’s, failure to complete standard physical tasks may become more evident:

Symptoms will impact both sides of the body

The individual has minor disability, and usually encounters ambulatory or balance problems

Posture is affected

Stage 3: This stage is considered moderate Parkinson’s disease, and more significant disability will begin to be apparent:

There is a considerable slowing of the body movements

Early impairment of equilibrium may result in the inability to walk straight or stand

There is generalized dysfunction that is moderately severe

Stage 4: Stage four signifies advanced Parkinson’s disease and is accompanied by significant symptoms:

Rigidity and bradykinesia, or sluggish movements are often noticeable

The individual is unable to complete daily tasks and usually cannot live independently

Tremors may lessen or disappear for unknown reasons during this stage

Stage 5: The final stage of the disease generally takes over the patient’s physical movements:

The individual generally experiences a general decline in vitality and strength of the body and mind

The individual may not be able to walk or stand

One-on-one care is necessary

All Care’s in home care providers are fully trained in all facets of senior home care, and can support those with Parkinson’s and other conditions of aging to live fuller, more comfortable and independent lives, right at home. Whether it’s help with daily personal care, transportation and accompaniment to doctors’ appointments or to run errands, light house cleaning and meal preparation, or just a cheerful companion to brighten up the day, our senior care services in Medford, OR are customized to each person’s needs and preferences. Give us a call any time to learn more at (541) 857-9195 or contact us online by clicking here.