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Seniors with Parkinson's Disease Require Special Care

Parkinson's is a rapidly growing disease, particularly among seniors. Learning to manage the disease and provide adequate care is essential.

Senior living communities in Duluth and beyond have seen an increase in the number of residents in their communities dealing with Parkinson’s disease.

The United States has more than 1.5 million residents with Parkinson’s disease and 50,000 new Americans are diagnosed with it each year. Parkinson’s has become an obvious cause for concern in our community as we see a growing number of our residents learning to live with the disease. Experienced senior living facilities have learned to readily identify and adapt to the needs of these individuals to ensure they receive the quality of care they deserve.

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the prevalence of Parkinson’s is on the rise, particularly with seniors. Of individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s, only 4 percent are under the age of 50. The same research found that the incidence of Parkinson’s in Georgia is projected to increase by 31 percent by 2025 as baby boomers age.

It’s important to understand that Parkinson’s disease is manageable with quality care and frequent consultations with health professionals. When considering an assisted living facility for a loved one with Parkinson’s, it is crucial to find a location that has dealt with residents with Parkinson’s in the past and understands the need for constant monitoring and adaptable care.

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