What is Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the central nervous system, affecting the areas of the brain responsible for coordinating activity, muscle tone and movement. It is a chronic neurodegenerative illness which progresses slowly.
The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease appear after significant loss of neurons and include resting tremor, rigidity and difficulty walking. These may also be accompanied by a weakening tone of voice, loss of facial expression and an impaired sense of smell, among other symptoms.
Parkinson’s affects both men and women but is more common in the elderly, especially between the ages of 40 and 70. Life expectancy is similar to that of the rest of the population; however quality of life is seriously affected. Various pharmacological and surgical treatments may relieve symptoms, however there is no cure, nor any way to prevent the disease’s progression.
SARquavitae offers Parkinson’s patients an indispensable set of resources to ease the effects of the disease, from domiciliary care and telecare to daycentres and nursing homes. In all cases, SARquavitae provides psychologists, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, doctors, speech therapists and social workers to assist patients with their symptoms.
For every patient, SARquavitae initiates a comprehensive assessment protocol which is medical, psychological and social/family-based in nature to adapt resources to each patient’s needs and circumstances in light of the disease’s progression, with the constant aim of maintaining and improving patient autonomy.