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Parkinson’s disease can seem like the end of the world for many people and families. It usually affects people 60 and older; the sadder part is that there is no cure.
What are some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease? Everyone should be aware of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease. Symptoms include resting tremors, loss of balance, and the shakiness of your hands, and impact on the way you do daily activities such as walking, talking, and thinking. Along with those symptoms, more than half of the people living with Parkinson’s disease will experience a much lesser-known aspect of this disease which is hallucinations and delusions. Hallucinations can cause people to see hear and experience things that are not real, or even there. Once the hallucinations become too bad some people will not be able to distinguish what is real and what is not. Delusions are incorrect beliefs not supported by evidence. In other words, they are believing something without any evidence to back it up. Such as someone trying to access their life savings or a lifelong spouse cheating. It can be difficult at times to deal with someone who has Parkinson’s disease.
Many people are often embarrassed about their delusions and hallucinations and therefore do not tell a specialist or their care partner about what they are experiencing, which in turn can make Parkinson’s disease hard to diagnose. There are many positive factors as to why someone should not be afraid to express what is happening to them to a specialist. The symptoms can worsen and your relationship with a person’s family and friends might get strained by the disease.
My mother was on the same bandwagon of people who were scared to admit she had it. the first time my daughter and I noticed her hallucinations and delusions was when we went over on a Friday so she could spend some time with my daughter’s son, her great-grandson. My mom had a bat beside her bed and her front door. She kept insisting people were going to break into her house, however, she lived in the of the quietest neighborhoods I know. This was completely out of character for my mom because she had always been independent and never afraid of people. After that Friday is when we noticed a change. She would randomly call me saying she was lost and doesn’t know where she is at. We soon had to put a tracker on her phone to ensure we knew where she was at all times. Sometimes it can be hard dealing with someone with Parkinson’s disease, however, if you push through the tough moments you can remember how wonderful of a person they are.
If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms you are not alone and you may be able to get help. Talk to a Parkinson’s specialist to learn more about available treatment options such as an FDA-approved medication indicated for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Learn more about hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinsons’ Disease.