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Is Your Aging Parent at Increased Risk of Developing Parkinson's Disease?

More than 1 million people throughout the United States are currently living with Parkinson's disease. Another 60,000 people will be diagnosed with this disease each year. Experts estimate that there are thousands of people throughout the United States who are currently living with Parkinson's disease but who will not seek or receive a diagnosis for their condition. These statistics can be startling, but as a family caregiver they should underscore the importance of understanding Parkinson's disease and its risk, so that you can work to help protect your parent from the condition or to be ready to identify it should they develop it during their later years.

Some risk factors for Parkinson's disease include:

Being older. Only 4% of those living with Parkinson's disease are diagnosed before the age of 50. The risk for developing Parkinson's disease increases with age.

Being male. Men are one and a half times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than women are.

Genetic predisposition. Some studies indicate that there is a genetic link or risk for developing Parkinson's disease. Those with a parent, grandparent, child, or sibling who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease are at increased risk for developing the disease themselves.

Lifetime history of exposure to toxins. Exposure to certain environmental toxins including carbon monoxide, Pesticides, and herbicides can increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

Having these risk factors does not necessarily mean that your aging parent will develop Parkinson's disease. It does mean, however, that you should be vigilant about their functioning and health so that you can detect the signs and symptoms that might indicate that they are at the beginning stages of this disease to ensure they get the medical attention, care, and treatment that is right for them.

Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them during the course of your caregiver journey. A senior home care services provider can be in the home with your aging parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they always have access to the level of care, support, and assistance that they need. These highly personalized services ensure your aging parent can meet their individual needs and handle their challenges and limitations in the ways that are right for them. This allows your parent to stay healthy, happy, comfortable, and safe while also pursuing a lifestyle that is as independent, engaged, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place. As their family caregiver this will give you a tremendous sense of peace of mind knowing that both when you are with your parent and when you are not, your senior has everything that they need to live their highest quality of life.

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