PARKINSON'S & RELATED CONDITIONS
Parkinson's is a common condition in later life. It causes slowness of movement, shaking and stiffness of muscles. People with the condition can be unsteady walking and more susceptible to falling and breaking bones. In tandem with the movement symptoms other body systems are frequently affected. Problems can be encountered with sleep, bowel and bladder function and thinking and memory. It is important to take into consideration all of these symptoms when caring for someone with Parkinson's.
Parkinson's and similar conditions can affect control of blood pressure, bladder and bowels as well as sexual function. People can find that they develop changes in their mood, thinking and memory. Changes in bodily sensations and sleep can really impact someone's enjoyment of life. Along with the control of movement, it is paramount that these 'non-motor' symptoms are carefully considered and treated. She will consider how best to maintain the health of bones to reduce the risk of fractures if a fall were to occur. There are a range of medications and lifestyle strategies that can be used to provide symptom relief. Dr Henderson will explain the pros and cons of each treatment option to find the most effective strategy.