The Reef for Male Caregivers – The Stages of Parkinson’s Disease

The Reef for Male Caregivers – The Stages of Parkinson’s Disease

The Reef for Male Caregivers – The Stages of Parkinson’s Disease

Hello and welcome. Parkinson’s disease is a complex disease that effects a person’s movement. The main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are tremors/trebling of limbs but other symptoms come with this devastating disease as well. Parkinson’s can create a wide range of obstacles and issues for patients including problems with swallowing, speech impairments, difficulty with sleep, etc.

The progression of symptoms in Parkinson’s may take 20 years or more. In some people, however, the disease progresses much more quickly. Below is one commonly used system for describing how the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease progress.

Hoehn and Yahr Staging of Parkinson’s Disease

Stage One

  • Signs and symptoms on one side only
  • Symptoms tend to be mild
  • Symptoms are inconvenient but not disabling
  • The condition usually appears as a tremor of one limb
  • Friends have noticed changes in posture, locomotion and facial expression

Stage Two

  • Symptoms are bilateral, affecting both sides of the body
  • Symptoms start to interrupt the activities of daily living, with minimal disability
  • Posture and gait are affected

Stage Three

  • Significant slowing of body movements
  • Early impairment of equilibrium on walking or standing
  • Generalized dysfunction that is moderately severe

Stage Four

  • Severe symptoms
  • The person can still walk to a limited extent
  • Rigidity and bradykinesia
  • The person is no longer able to live alone
  • Tremor may be less than earlier stages

Stage Five

  • Cachectic stage
  • Invalidism is 100%
  • The person cannot stand or walk
  • Requires constant nursing care

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