How Technology Helps People with Parkinson’s Disease
Are you troubled by Parkinson’s disease? Do you find it difficult to live your life normally and do what other people can normally do, like writing and eating?
If you are one of the 80,000 Australians who is suffering from this debilitating disease, then you must consider assistive devices and disability aids; technologies that can help you regain control of your motor function. Whether you are in an aged care facility, in the comfort of your own home, or perhaps, you know someone who has this condition, this is how modern technology can help mitigate the many symptoms of PD.
Assists with regaining mobility
Freezing of gait and immobility is a huge problem most people with PD experience. For some people, they even require services from a respite care facility to recover fully from a severe injury after a fall. However, with technologies such as smart walking sticks and wearable devices, you can become more confident with walking, and no longer worry about losing your balance. It is suggested, though, that you must see a physiotherapist first to help you with improving your mobility. Even for an occasional or short period, physiotherapy can benefit you greatly.
Helps with recovering sensory function
One sensory function some patients with Parkinson’s disease would complain of losing is taste. However, there are spoons lined with electrodes that can send signals to the brain through the tongue’s neural receptors to activate the taste sensation.
Aids in improving coordination and movement
If you find it hard to dress up, take a bath, eat, wash, or write, then you might need a device that helps with simple motor functions. A wearable device such as a watch produced for people with PD can cancel out hand tremors by almost 70 percent. Moreover, an occupational therapist can suggest which gadget suits your needs. So if you require help with finding the suitable disability aid, you can contact your local home care provider.
Improves a person’s functionality and independence
As most people with Parkinson’s would agree, the condition can have a huge toll on your self-esteem. You lose your control over your body and you seem to fail in doing even the simplest of tasks. No matter how much you try, you feel enslaved by tremors day after day. Thankfully, personal care aids are provided to help patients with performing tasks, such as showering and dressing. In this way, you will feel accomplished and independent.
Reports any untoward events in real-time
Whether you are in an aged care facility or in the comfort of your own home, this high-tech monitoring system that uses remote sensor technology can report any activity within the house or lack thereof. It keeps a record of your daily routines, and if it will sense an irregularity in the pattern, will alert the emergency response team to check on you and see what’s going on. This is perfect for those who are usually left alone at home or are living independently. Giving you peace of mind that somehow you know someone will be there to help if anything bad happens.
As more scientific research is done, you can be assured of new inventive ways to alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Fresh gadgets are frequently been released and more and more people with PD are experiencing relief from this condition that are affecting 10 million people around the globe. And if you think that living with PD is hard, you can get involved with clinical trials and support groups. Or maybe you can be connected with communities for aged care services, like in Melbourne. In this manner, you can socialise and gain help from people who know how it is to live with Parkinson’s disease.