Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that over time increasingly affects sufferers’ motor functions including movement, balance, breathing and heart function. Parkinson’s disease most often occurs after the age of 50, affecting 50% more men than women. Although it is generally considered a condition of the elderly, between 5-10% of cases are ‘early onset’ cases. There is no cure but the condition progresses at different rates for different people. In the early stages the symptoms can be managed with medication so that the symptoms only become more problematic in the later stages of the disease, where complications can lead to difficulty swallowing, chocking, pneumonia and frequent falls. Whilst dementia doesn’t affect everyone with Parkinson’s disease, it is more common in people with the condition than those without. The two forms of dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease are Parkinson’s dementia and Dementia with Lewy bodies.
At Blue Sky Enabling we support people and their families from the time of diagnosis, providing respite support for primary carers to more significant packages of care in the latter stages of the condition.