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How Does Parkinson’s Disease Affect Mobility



For People Who Are Not Eligible Because They Do Not Get The Enhanced Rate Is There A Demand For Opening Up Access To The Motability Scheme

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21. Yes, in particular people over 65 who are receiving Attendance Allowance. They currently can’t access the Motability scheme but many might want to opt-in using their own money to pay for a car, as the scheme offers vehicle adaptations, is reliable and convenient.

22. Also, some people getting the standard rate of PIP mobility still may have significant problems with moving around and might want to access to the scheme. Perhaps Motability could scope whether having a wider range of price points with smaller cars available at a lower cost would be attractive for this client base.

Is The Decision Not To Use The Scheme Related To A Preference For Using Public Transport Or Is It Due To Other Factors

10. Under 10% of people with Parkinson’s are eligible to apply for the Motability scheme currently. We believe that low income and poverty is a factor in people not leasing a Motability vehicle. If someone with Parkinson’s is on the enhanced rate of PIP at £245 every 4 weeks and possibly on Universal Credit or Employment and Support Allowance at £73.10 per week, then their household income may not enable them to take advantage of the scheme. A Motability car might not be the priority, whereas paying utility bills and medication costs are likely to be prioritised above this expenditure.

11. Research conducted by Sheffield Hallam University showed that the additional cost of Parkinson’s on a household is around £16,582 per year. This includes health and social care costs, potential loss of income from reduced hours or retirement. This additional cost of living with the condition shows that household income for those with the condition is squeezed. So while mobility is an important element to maintaining wellbeing, participating in the Motability scheme may not be viable due to the cost.

12. Also, some people with Parkinson’s cannot drive, have had their licence removed or don’t have someone who is able to drive them, so the Motability scheme isn’t that useful for them.

Have You Ever Thought How Challenging Drinking A Glass Of Water Can Be For Someone Suffering From Parkinsons Disease

On World Health Day, you’ll likely read about how healthy habits like exercising or drinking more water, can improve your health. While these are helpful tips and important topics to cover, we decided to take things a step further. What if you couldn’t drink that glass of water by yourself? It can be daunting to consider, but this scenario can become all-too-real for a person suffering from Parkinson’s disease. There are 10 million people in the world suffering from this disorder; which is why, today, we decided to share with you how Parkinson’s Disease can affect mobility and balance, and what can be done when the disorder is detected in its early stages. That is why raising awareness for this degenerative disease is important, and, while there is still much research to be done, we have high hopes that researchers will find a way to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and eventually find a cure. This is becoming more and more urgent, given the fact that life expectancy is rising and the number of individuals with Parkinson’s disease will only increase in the future. But is there another solution in sight?

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Are Disability Benefits Used For Other Forms Of Transport Or Travel Support; And If So What Are The Benefits Of This

14. People with Parkinson’s find Blue Badges very useful in enabling them to continue to be active, as it enables them to park closer to their destination.

15. Free bus passes are valued by people with Parkinson’s, however there is not equal access to them across the whole of the UK. People over 60 in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and London can access them, however in England you must be over pension age, currently 65. Also, another anomaly is that in England you can only use the pass between 9.30am – 4pm. This places severe restrictions on people with Parkinson’s attempting to find or remain in work, as they are not able to travel during peak times, which is often a key requirement of employees. We would recommend that the SSAC urges the government to:

  • make free bus passes available to everyone living in the UK at 60 years old
  • extend the time the bus pass is able to be used each day in England.

16. We know that people with Parkinson’s also use disabled rail passes, which cost £20 per year. As outlined in paragraphs 5 and 6 of this submission there are barriers to using train travel, but we know people with the condition value these passes as they enable them to make longer journeys and maintain their independence.

If A Person Does Have To Stop Driving Because Of Their Pd What Strategies Can Help Them Maintain Their Independence

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The COVID-19 crisis is teaching all of us about using alternative strategies that do not require driving to maintain independence — for example, online ordering of groceries and medications, telehealth visits with our physicians, and new ways of connecting to our family and friends using technology. We undoubtedly will continue to use these resources even after the COVID-19 crisis ends and all these new strategies can help increase the independence of those who do not drive.

If A Person Does Have To Stop Driving Because Of Their Pd What Alternative Means Of Transportation Are Available

We are finding that the most common way people get around after they stop driving is with the help of family and friends. However, this is not the only option. Public transportation is a viable option for many. However, using public transportation requires some of the same skills one needs for driving, such as planning the route, adhering to a schedule, and navigating. Therefore, while it can be quite useful, using public transportation may not be an option for some people with PD who have cognitive challenges.

Many municipalities offer programs that provide an alternative to driving for older adults or people with disabilities. These include buses or vans that pick you up and take you where you need to go at a discounted rate or a donation-based fee. Interestingly, in our work with older adults, many are not as inclined to use these services as much as one would expect. The services must be pre-scheduled and can sometimes be cumbersome to arrange . There is increased interest in ride-hailing applications such as Lyft and Uber. These services are easy to arrange without the need to plan far ahead of time. However, the technology can be viewed by some older adults as challenging, In addition, these services are typically more expensive than public ride programs offered by municipalities.

Is It Ok To Limit Driving Instead Of Stopping Completely That Is Only Drive Locally Or During The Day

What we find is that as we age, most people normally begin to restrict their driving. For example, older drivers often prefer to not drive at night, drive in familiar areas only, and limit highway and rush-hour driving. Drivers usually are more comfortable driving in familiar areas that are close to home and driving during the daytime. The more frequently we drive places, the more familiar we are with the streets, traffic patterns, and routes, making it easier for us to navigate.  But even when driving locally, the unexpected situation can still occur .  Therefore, restricting driving to a person’s local area is not always sufficient. It really depends on both the type and level of severity of impairment that the person with PD is experiencing. Restricting driving is most useful when the type and severity of impairment will support the driver’s ability to follow through safely with the restriction. Advice from a physician and/or occupational therapist who works with driving can be beneficial in guiding such a decision.

An additional concern arises when drivers who need to restrict their driving fail to do so.  Usually those who fail to restrict when necessary have cognitive impairments which limit their insight into the need for restrictions.

What Grants Are Available For This Group Of People And What More Can Be Done To Support These Needs

20. We believe that access to work grants could potentially be available and applicable to this group of people. In a recent survey of 399 of our supporters 65% of respondents had heard of the access to work scheme, however only 14% indicated that they had made use of the scheme. Therefore, we would recommend that the SSAC encourage the DWP to widely publicise the access to work scheme.

For Those Who Are Eligible Is Not Leasing A Vehicle Through Motability A Voluntary Choice

8. It is a voluntary choice for most people whether or not to lease a vehicle through Motability. However, in order to renew or lease a vehicle through the Motability scheme an individual must have 12 months remaining of their benefit award. Therefore, some people with Parkinson’s who have 11 months left of their Personal Independence Payment award are unable to take on a lease due to this rule.

9. This is a particular issue with PIP as the DWP makes a significant number of 2 or 3 year awards, even for people with long term conditions such as Parkinson’s, whose mobility is only likely to worsen as their condition progresses. We would recommend the committee urges the DWP to reduce the number of short-term awards for people with Parkinson’s.

Production Of Dopamine Neurons From Stem Cells: Could We Be One Step Closer To The Cure

As the disease progresses, people may experience reduced quality of life, if normal functions such as swallowing, start to be affected. Currently, there is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease. Once Parkinson’s is diagnosed, the symptoms can often be treated with medications and therapies, especially in the early stages. However, the scientific community is making every effort to find a way to cure or at the very least find more effective ways to lessen the symptoms of this physically impairing disease.

As we mentioned before, the disease primarily affects dopamine-producing brain cells or neurons. The good news is, scientists in Sweden have identified some insights and a set of markers that should help control the quality of stem cells engineered for clinical use to treat Parkinson’s disease. As the disease progresses and dopamine-producing brain cells malfunction and die, it leads to lower levels of dopamine, which is a chemical messenger essential for controlling movement. These findings should help fine-tune stem cell engineering to produce pure populations of high-quality dopamine neurons. Then, a pool of progenitor cells can be transplanted into the brains of patients, so they can make new supplies of dopamine cells.

But while this exciting new research is still in the lab, what else can we hope for to delay the symptoms of Parkinson’s and improve the quality of life of those suffering from the disease?

What Treatment Options Exist For Those Experiencing Sleep Disturbance And Bad Dreams

Bad dreams are a perfectly normal occurrence and can be triggered by many factors, including stress, anxiety, sleep deprivation and medication. However, when bad and vivid dreams are accompanied by dream-enacting behaviour, people with Parkinson’s can take some simple steps to minimise injury.

A safe sleeping environment is essential, so modifying sleeping arrangements should be the first step to treat REM behaviour disorders. Placing a mattress on the floor, padding corners of furniture, protecting windows and removing potentially dangerous objects from the bedroom are all simple and practical steps. It’s also best to avoid alcohol intake, as this can trigger or aggravate RBD.

Two medications commonly prescribed to treat RBD are clonazepam and melatonin. Clonazepam should be used with caution in patients with dementia and gait disorders. Melatonin may have the advantage of fewer side effects and a longer-acting version, but in certain cases, only higher doses of melatonin will work.

Tips To Increase Your Mobility Confidence While Living With Parkinsons Disease

Parkinson’s disease affects movement, coordination and mobility and as the disease progresses, it can often begin to ebb away at the confidence a person living with the condition has in their own abilities. However, all is not lost and there are ways that you can improve your confidence in movement. Although it may seem counterintuitive, according to the National Parkinson Foundation, in order to increase your mobility confidence you need to move more.

MORE: Six celebrities who lived with Parkinson’s disease

Here are a few of their tips to help you move more:

  • Try to increase the amount of physical activity you do each day. Tackling chores around the house and garden is a good way to get moving.
  • Attend a local exercise class — yoga, swimming, water aerobics, abd boxing classes are all excellent choices.
  • Try to move around more — get up and walk around the house every hour or get up while the commercials are on while watching TV.
  • Dance. Play some of your favorite music and dance around the house.

If mobility and balance become an issue, mobility aids such as canes and walkers will help you to get around and get some of your independence back.

If your Parkinson’s disease is more advanced and you require a wheelchair, there are some considerations you should take into account:

MORE: 12 types of exercise suitable for people with Parkinson’s disease

Walking And Balance Will Help Restore Parkinsons Disease Patients Independence

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With many common neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and more, walking and balance are greatly affected. This dramatically affects one’s independence and greatly accelerates the risk of falling. Most patients don’t know that their balance or walking is affected until it is quite severe.

Our physical therapistshave extensive training to analyze your walking, balance and coordination. We use state of the art equipment to determine the best course of treatment and exercises to help you enhance your ability to walk and balance. Our number one priority is giving you the ability to move around safely and with the least effort possible. We also properly train you if you require an assistive device such as cane or walker to walk with.

Why Are Some Dreams Particularly Vivid Or Negative For People With Parkinsons

REM sleep plays a pivotal role in processing emotional events, and several studies have shown that the consolidation of emotional memories occurs in this sleep stage. Vivid dreams tend to be more frequent when awakening from REM sleep, the stage disrupted by Parkinson’s. Some drugs used to treat Parkinson’s can also accentuate dream vividness.

Many people with the condition describe the content of their dreams as negative. The vividness and emotional description of dream reports correlate with the limbic system – an area of the brain associated with our emotional life. Although the reasons why people with Parkinson’s often experience negative dreams have not been fully explained, this is likely due to damage in a particular area of the brain.

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Preventing Falls And Improving Mobility In People With Parkinson’s Disease

Falls are common and disabling in people with Parkinson’s disease, affecting up to 60% of those who live at home. This clinical research trial aims to minimize the number of falls and fall-related injuries in people with Parkinson’s disease and to improve mobility and participation in life. Two physical therapy programs, known as movement strategy training and strength training will be coupled with falls education and compared with a social program plus usual care. The effects of therapy will be measured for a period of 12 months. After 12 months, quality of life is predicted to be higher in the people that receive strengthening or strategy training because falls and injuries are predicted to be less than for usual care. Quality of life in close family members is also predicted to increase, by lessening the burden of care arising from the disease. The results will provide information about which therapy programs are most effective for reducing falls and improving mobility, so that people with Parkinson’s can continue to lead safe and fulfilling lives.

How Can We Reduce Mobility Constraints In People With Parkinsons Disease

Over the last few decades, neuroscience has been providing us with exciting new findings regarding the effects of physical exercise on neuroplasticity , neuroprotection and slowing of neural degeneration. In fact, it has been proven that physical exercise can improve brain function in people with neurological disorders.

Aerobic exercise, such as treadmill training and walking programs, have been tested on individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and has been shown to improve gait and quality of life in general. However, the type of exercise chosen should take into account a specific program provided by a specialist. The exercise shouldn’t, by any means, put the patient’s physical integrity at risk, especially if the patient is a senior. In order to address complex mobility issues in people with Parkinson’s Disease, a therapist could incorporate tasks such as balance training into the patient’s rehabilitation. These are exercises that challenge sensorimotor control of dynamic balance and gait to improve mobility.

According to a study by Dr. Ergun Y. Uc, of the University of Iowa, the results suggest that

“walking may provide a safe and easily accessible way of improving the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and quality of life.”

What Impact Can This Symptom Have On The Lives Of People With Parkinsons

Sleep disturbance is associated with increased severity and frequency of non-motor features of Parkinson’s, such as depression, and poorer subjective motor performance. Injuring their bed partners and themselves, while asleep, is very common. Sleep disorders can also greatly impact daily life.

Since REM sleep behaviour disorder can be one of the first symptoms of Parkinson’s, there is now growing recognition that the use of experimental neuroprotective agents may be more useful at this stage. In future, this could provide an effective pathway to future developments and opportunities for early intervention.

Why Exercise May Prevent Or Delay Mobility Disability In People With Pd

There currently are many untested exercise programs available for people with PD1719 as well as several randomized controlled studies that test specific exercises, such as strength training or gait training.2029 The approach presented in this article is focused on exercises that challenge sensorimotor control of dynamic balance and gait to improve mobility in people with PD. There are many other aspects of PD that also must be addressed in rehabilitation.

How Available And/or Useful Is The Information On The Motability Scheme

23. The Motability website is easy to navigate and offers functionality to live chat if there are questions. They have accessible ways to get in touch by phone, minicom and textphone with queries. Also, Motability also offer sign language interpretation. It is positive that they offer these options to ensure they meet the diverse needs of the client base, as not everyone is online.

24. We believe that the Motability scheme is referred to in the award letter, if someone has been successful. But wonder if any further information is provided as people may miss this useful information in the award letter.

One Of The Most Difficult Neurological Disorder Symptoms Of Parkinsons

Why might this be important to families challenged by PD? Because the biggest source of conflict in families occurs when loved ones fail to recognize that a person with brain changes is not the same person who existed at an earlier time in life. Human beings greatly value continuity in personality but by expecting the person to be the same as they once were, loved ones are unfair to the person with brain insult. This person could no more return to an earlier personality state than he or she can will away tremors or rigidity. Energy expended in any way other than coming to terms with this “new” person is fruitless. There is actually some fascinating research in this area and it is likely to be a topic for a great deal more discussion in future blogs.

Because of the greater likelihood for executive dysfunction and dementia, personality change is easier to see among individuals with more advanced PD. Motivation is frequently affected, resulting in apathy that diminishes how actively an individual interacts with other people and with the world . Thinking or cognition changes can cause the person to process information more slowly and with less focus and concentration . A previously methodical, consistent individual often becomes increasingly chaotic in their response to their environment . One easily becomes less interested and hopeful about the future .

Can You Tell Us About The Driving Retirement Workshop That You Created

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The APDA Greater St. Louis Chapter approached us to help create a workshop to better inform people with PD and their caregivers of how PD can impact driving. Within Washington University School of Medicine Program in Occupational Therapy we have a Driving and Community Mobility Lab. Working with the APDA Greater St. Louis Chapter presented a wonderful learning opportunity for our graduate occupational therapy students in the DCM lab to trial an innovative community-based project.  The occupational therapy students were very enthusiastic and took an active role in assisting in the planning of this workshop.

This interactive workshop was focused on the person with PD and his/her caregiver with the goal of presenting unique learning experiences. There were a total of four sessions in the workshop. The workshop presented the current data related to PD and its effects on driving and discussed how we stay safe on the road.  It then taught how to implement some of the more novel solutions to driving alternatives such as online grocery delivery services and ride-hailing phone applications.

What Symptoms Of Pd May Interfere With The Ability To Drive Safely

Driving is a complex task that requires vision, appropriate motor skills, and higher levels of cognitive function to carry out safely. The most obvious symptoms that can impact driving ability for people with PD are typically motor difficulties such as resting tremors, rigid movements and difficulty maintaining stable posture, which may make it difficult to operate a vehicle safely. What is less obvious, and often more concerning, is that certain non-motor difficulties that can accompany PD may also interfere with driving. These include decreased contrast sensitivity which limits a person’s ability to see things in the dark, decreased proprioception, which impairs a person’s ability to know where their body is in space , decreased visual spatial skills, which may affect the ability to know how the car is positioned on the road, and difficulties with cognitive function which can impact memory, processing speed, attention, and problem solving. In our own day-to-day evaluations with drivers who have PD, we often find that it is the cognitive impairment that most impacts driving. Drowsiness that accompanies later stages of PD and medication side effects can also impact the ability to drive safely. Non-motor symptoms are less evident than motor symptoms and have been shown to be a more serious risk to driving safety in some people with PD.

Parkinsons Disease Patients Can Improve Their Function And Safety

People suffering from neurological disease and injuries typically have a higher tendency for falls or injuring themselves. Imagine if you trip and fall. Can you react quickly enough to protect yourself? In addition, common actions such as getting up from a chair or low surface, kneeling to the floor, getting out of the car, can become difficult and even dangerous.

These are common areas of concern we address and work closely with you to improve. Our treatments will help you move better, safer and with greater strength.

Activities Of Daily Living Are Rejuvenated In Parkinsons Patients

Adapting one’s lifestyle due to a neurological disease or injury is important. Our focus is on working with you to determine appropriate modifications to your daily activities and routines that will allow you the greatest independence. Many common actions such as reaching, bending down, getting up from a low chair can all be improved upon with the right therapy.

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What Is The Prognosis And Life Expectancy For Parkinsons Disease

The severity of Parkinson’s disease symptoms and signs vary greatly from person to peson, and it is not possible to predict how quickly the disease will progress. Parkinson’s disease itself is not a fatal disease, and the average life expectancy is similar to that of people without the disease. Secondary complications, such as pneumonia, falling-related injuries, and choking can lead to death. Many treatment options can reduce some of the symptoms and prolong the quality of life.

How Can Parkinsons Disease Affect Mobility And Sense Of Balance

The neurophysiology of Parkinson’s Disease proves that it affects balance, gait, movement and can actually cause constraints on mobility. But what do we mean by mobility?

Mobility is a person’s ability to move safely in a variety of environments in order to accomplish functional tasks.

Functional tasks like drinking a glass of water or eating can become a problem. And if we think about it, mobility is something we take for granted most of the time. We don’t expect to lose it, and we don’t expect to get a degenerative disease, such as Parkinson’s. Therefore, being able to maintain good mobility is something of utmost importance as we age, and we must take preventive measures to delay mobility impairment as much as possible.

Mobility requires dynamic neural control, a sense of balance, and enough agility to be able to adapt to postural transitions as quickly as possible. What also concerns us today is the several types of mobility deficits caused by the progression of Parkinson’s Disease. We need to understand what preventive exercises and preventative measures can be taken to minimize the risk of falls and injury.

Parkinson’s Disease and fall prevention

While Parkinson’s is not life-threatening, people may experience life-threatening complications, such as choking on food or falling over. We must help our elderly loved ones prevent falls at any cost so that suggested exercise programs can work effectively in combatting the effects of Parkinson’s Disease.

Every Person With Parkinsons May Experience Different Movements

There are multiple types of movements that a person with Parkinson’s disease can experience. Some people may have just one or two of these symptoms, while another may experience all of them. Likewise, the degree of severity can vary from person to person, and symptoms that may bother some people may not bother others at all.

It’s important to note that there’s not a single answer that works for every person with Parkinson’s, says Todd Herrington, MD, PhD, a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “You have to ask the person, ‘What bothers you, and how much does it affect you?’” What the caregiver or the even the physician observes as the most severe symptoms may not feel that way to the person with Parkinson’s.

Here are eight types of movements that people with Parkinson’s may experience. Learn more about what these symptoms are and what can be done to prevent them.

How Similar Is Canine Parkinsons Disease To The Human Condition

Parkinson’s disease in dogs is very similar to how it affects humans.

Firstly, both unpredictably affect your movement. Both dogs and humans with this disease can expect to have sudden moments of stiffness. This could be any limb but also the face.

Equally, both can expect surprise tremors and shakes. This is often one of the first things owners notice in their dogs; a Parkinson like tremor in dogs or the dog shaking his head like Parkinson’s

The core of the disease is the same in both dogs and humans.

However, it is important to recognize the different ways Parkinson’s presents in dogs and humans.

A huge reason why Parkinson’s disease is difficult to spot in dogs in the early stages is because they don’t speak. Their faces also don’t express the same ways that ours do.

The first signs of Parkinson’s in humans are mostly not being able to move the face in the same way or slurred speech.

Unless you have a real-life Scooby-Doo in your life that is linguistically gifted, it’s most likely you won’t spot the signs of Parkinson’s in your dog until their limbs are affected with those Parkinson’s tremors I mentioned a moment ago.

Another critical difference is with the age groups that Parkinson’s most affects. As I said in the intro, it is usually the over 50’s that are affected by this pervasive disease in the human world.

Other Diseases That Have Similar Symptoms To Parkinsons Disease

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Now, I just want to address something you may have noticed here. Many of these symptoms and signs could also apply to other diseases. Is it an overreaction to assume that if your dog twitches a bit it is definitely Parkinson’s disease?

Well… yes and no. Certainly, all of these symptoms could indicate other ailments.

Let’s go through a few now:

  • Generalized tremor syndrome: Yep, it’s a thing! Your dog may tremor for no real reason. This doesn’t have the same stiffness and limited joint mobility that Parkinson’s does.
  • Kidney disease: Kidney disease can cause depression, anxiety, and tremoring. You’ll most likely see vomiting and infrequent urination come with this and can lead to euthanasia.
  • Arthritis: A friend of mine has an arthritic dog and stiffness is a real problem. Having inflexible joints can also cause your dog to limp. Arthritis is differentiated by joint pain so your dog may be more vocal if this is what they are suffering.
  • Seizure disorders: Did you know that dogs can suffer from epilepsy? Seizures can be caused by all kinds of things. They can also be the entire ailment all by themselves.

As you can see, the signs of Parkinson’s in dogs could belong to an entirely different diagnosis. So, if you notice stiffness or tremoring, it is best to have your professional veterinarian make a formal diagnosis.


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