A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is life changing. There is usually a need for long-term treatment to control the symptoms, and the person may eventually have to adapt the way they do simple everyday tasks.
Everyone’s experience of living with Parkinson’s is different, but there are lots of issues and challenges shared by many people living with the condition.
Being diagnosed with a long-term condition like Parkinson’s disease can put a strain on the person, the family and friends. It can be difficult for the person to talk to people about their condition even if they have a close relationship with their family member. Dealing with the deterioration of symptoms, such as increasing difficulty with movement, may make the person feel frustrated and depressed. Close family members and carers can inevitably feel anxious or frustrated as well.
For someone with Parkinson’s it is extremely important that they stay as physically and mentally fit as they can and try to reduce the amount of stress. To eliminate stress, regular exercise is very important this can also relieve muscle stiffness. A healthy balanced diet is also important.
The technology can provide activities and entertainment that offer distraction therapy to help ease stress and depression. The content around armchair exercises can support physical agility. We have been able to see how this approach worked in a community based setting. The technology was brought into the person’s home, which was able to support the Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses in the community. It is fully transportable and can follow the person wherever they go.