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Is Arizona Assisted Living a Good Option for Parkinson’s Patients?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, you might find yourself at a crossroads. You know life is about to change, but how do you go about managing that? It can feel overwhelming, but the team at BridgeWater wants to help. 

Each of our Arizona assisted living communities is qualified and ready to meet the needs of all residents in our community. We have compiled some great information for those who are wondering if Arizona assisted living is a good option for Parkinson’s patients: 

What Is Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the central nervous system, impairing body movement. As the disorder develops, nerve degeneration causes a person’s levels of dopamine – the neurotransmitter responsible for controlling muscle movement – to drop. This in turn reduces a person’s ability to move. 

At its onset, Parkinson’s often manifests as a slight tremor in one hand. In later stages, symptoms will grow more severe. Increased tremors, stiffness, loss of balance and the ability to speak, lack of muscle control, and dementia are all possible. 

Getting Specialized Care

The most important thing for someone with Parkinson’s is receiving care from someone who knows the ins and outs of the disorder. At our Arizona assisted living communities, you’ll find physical therapists, occupational therapists, and nurses all well-educated and prepared to help provide the specific kind of care someone with Parkinson’s needs. More than that, our staff is dedicated to doing their job with the compassion and respect our residents deserve. 

These professionals can help patients with exercise and movements to maintain and improve their mobility, as well as assist with activities of daily living as needed. All of this is provided 24/7, meaning there’s never a need to worry about being alone if you need help.

A Thriving Social Environment and Support

One of the biggest problems facing today’s seniors is a crisis of loneliness. As we get older, it’s easy to slip into a sense of isolation – particularly if you’re the only person you know dealing with a condition like Parkinson’s. But you don’t need to go it alone. You’ll find each of our Arizona assisted living communities to be just that: a community. Our residents have the opportunity to get to know other people in similar places in life, reducing feelings of loneliness and improving overall mental health.

Amenities and Activities

In addition, our Arizona assisted living communities offer a wide variety of amenities and activities to keep our communities active and engaged. We offer regular events, games, exercises, and classes to keep our residents’ minds stimulated. If you’d like to get out and about, we also organize frequent trips to various events – even shopping trips, for anyone looking to go on and treat themselves. Top it all off with a meal, where you can sit back and relax as you’re served restaurant-style in our dining room. With plenty of things to choose from, there’s never a dull moment under our roof! Reach out on our website to arrange a tour of any of our communities and see how great Arizona assisted living can be.