Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition that impairs movement and is recognized as a movement disorder. It is the result of insufficient dopamine, and without dopamine, people with Parkinson’s take longer to do things than others.
Signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s are:
- Slowness of movement
- Loss of balance
The main treatment for Parkinson’s is medication.
Nurses can help people with this complex condition by managing their numerous medications, offering advice and information about living with Parkinson’s, and providing emotional support to patients and families. Nurses are an essential part of caring for people with this neurological condition because of its fluctuations and the drug adjustments needed to manage symptoms.
To help people living with Parkinson’s to lead a healthy lifestyle, and have a good quality of life, health professionals need to collaborate and work as part of a multidisciplinary team. Supporting those living with this condition is of great importance and it is here that nurses can play a vital role.