The 5 Stages of Parkinson’s Disease

The 5 Stages of Parkinson’s Disease

 There is no road map to how a person will experience Parkinson’s disease. While each person will have different symptoms and severities as the disease progresses, Parkinson’s does appear to present in five different stages.

Stage 1: During the first stage of the disease, also known as early-stage Parkinson’s, a person typically has only mild symptoms that may present as follows:

  •   Symptoms are only on one side of the body
  •   Symptoms are inconvenient, but not disabling
  •   The person will usually have uncontrolled tremors or shaking in one limb
  •   Friends and family can usually detect changes in the person’s posture, balance,         and facial expressions

Stage 2: During the second stage of Parkinson’s, inability to perform normal physical tasks may become more apparent:

  •   Symptoms will affect both sides of the body
  •   The person has minimal disability, and usually encounters ambulatory or balance problems
  •   Posture is affected

Stage 3: This stage is considered moderate Parkinson’s disease, and more significant disability will begin to develop:

  •   There is a significant slowing of the body movements
  •   Early impairment of equilibrium may result in the inability to walk straight or stand
  •   There is generalized dysfunction that is moderately severe

 Stage 4: Stage four represents advanced Parkinson’s disease and is accompanied by severe symptoms:

  •   Rigidity and bradykinesia, or slow movements are often visible
  •   The person can usually not complete daily tasks and typically cannot live alone
  •   Tremors may lessen or disappear for unknown reasons during this time

Stage 5: The final stage of the disease usually takes over the patient’s physical movements:

  •   The person usually experiences a general reduction in vitality and strength of the body and mind
  •   The person may not be able to walk or stand
  •   Requires one-on-one care

During the mid and later stages of Parkinson’s disease, extra assistance may be required for performing activities of daily living. Home care professionals, like those at Wellness Home Care, are experienced in providing expert and compassionate care for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. To find out more about our home care services, contact us today in Goshen, Newburgh, Liberty, Suffern, or White Plains, NY.



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