Join Us In Creating Awareness Of Parkinson's Disease And Its Impact

April is Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month

While our team of patient lift and other DME experts works with individuals living with a variety of acquired or present-at-birth disabilities and their families to support them living the best possible life quality, this blog post calls attention to individuals and families impacted by Parkinson’s Disease. Why? Because April Is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, and, we want to acknowledge the great courage, emotional strength, perseverance, resiliency, and adaptability of those challenged by these conditions, as well as remind individuals to support organizations that provide beneficial Parkinson’s Disease (PD) services and information and/or that conduct important research on potential new treatments.

During our 30+-year history, as a provider of patient lift and other durable medical equipment (DME), our organization has worked closely with individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease and their family members to ensure that individuals challenged by Parkinson’s Disease have the most independence and best life quality possible.

As the Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research explains in their website page Parkinson’s 101, “the experience of living with Parkinson's over the course of a lifetime is unique to each person. As symptoms and progression vary from person to person, neither you nor your doctor can predict which symptoms you will get, when you will get them or how severe they will be. Even though broad paths of similarity are observed among individuals with PD as the disease progresses, there is no guarantee you will experience what you see in others.”

Three “cardinal” motor/movement symptoms of PD include (note that some individuals may have trouble with balance, walking, and coordination):

  • slowness of movement (bradykinesia)
  • stiffness (rigidity)
  • resting tremor

Despite the aforementioned being the more common/prevalent symptoms of PD, not all individuals will have the former three motor symptoms, and many individuals living with Parkinson's Disease may have “invisible” symptoms, such as constipation, depression, and memory or sleep problems, which further challenge them.

High-Level Facts About Parkinson's Disease (PD)

  • There is a higher rate of Parkinson’s among men, and among Caucasian individuals vs. other races.
  • The average age at diagnosis is 60, but some individuals are diagnosed far earlier with early onset Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Researchers believe that PD, in most cases, is caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors. However, head injury, and exposures to environmental toxins, like pesticides may increase risk of developing Parkinson’s.
  • Parkinson’s Disease (PD) occurs when brain cells whose job it is to make the chemical responsible for movement – dopamine – stop functioning or die off.

Non-movement, or non-motor, symptoms are sometimes called the "invisible" symptoms of Parkinson's because you can't see them from the outside. These symptoms can occur any time, even before movement symptoms or diagnosis, and differ in severity from person to person. They include constipation, depression, memory or sleep problems, and impact the quality of life for people with Parkinson's and their families.

Organizations Who Support Individuals And Families Impacted By PD

How Lift & Care Systems Helps Individuals And Families Impacted By Parkinson's Disease (PD)

Many of the individuals and families whom we serve related to their mobility, independence, life quality, and safety needs have been with us throughout their journeys with PD. While, initially, the impact of their disease/disability may be less severe and they may only want or need a stair lift chair or ramp to provide access to their home or to various floors within their home, eventually, as their condition progresses, they may need our help installing a patient lift.

 We want our customers to know and feel that we are there for them every step of the way, and are always available to consult with them about their specific mobility and transport needs. Every day, we are so inspired by the amazing families and individuals we meet – by their hope, resiliency, and their contributions to the community and to others. We think all our customers are disability superstars and we’re honored and proud to offer products and services that allow them to live the best quality of life.

Always Here To Help Regarding Patient Lift And Other DME Needs

The team of disability & aging in place experts and durable medical specialists at Lift & Care Systems has been helping individuals living with disability in MA, CT, and RI enjoy the best quality of life and greater independence for almost 30 years. Our skilled team can install and teach you how to correctly use one or several of the following types of products that help both seniors and disabled individuals enjoy more freedom and a higher quality of life: ceiling liftsbody support & slingsstaircase lift chairswheelchair rampsbathroom safety for seniors, mobile liftspool liftsvertical platform liftsaccessible showers, wall-to-wall patient lifts.

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