According to the Shake It Up Foundation, Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurological disease in Australia, with the most common being dementia. It is estimated that Parkinson’s affects 100,000 Australians, with 38 Australians being diagnosed with the disease every day.
A Parkinson’s diagnosis is a life-changing experience that needs long term treatment to help a patient control their symptoms.
However, there are many avenues that a Parkinson’s patient can take in order to retain their independence. A personal alarm, for example, allows a patient with Parkinson’s disease to live their life with the knowledge that experienced and qualified emergency assistance is a button’s push away, whenever they need it.
This information does not intend to replace advice from a qualified health professional. Speak to your GP first about any health concerns.
What is Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease results from the loss of cells in various parts of the brain, which significantly affects movement.
Living with Parkinson’s does require re-adjustment as the disease slowly progresses. Depending on the level of impairment, daily activities such as getting dressed, driving and eating may become more challenging over time. However, the majority of people that experience Parkinson’s disease still continue to live long and rewarding lives.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include:
- tremor or shaking, often when resting or tired
- muscle rigidity or stiffness, which can limit movement and may be painful
- slowing of movement
- stooped posture and balance problems
However, people with Parkinson’s disease also tend to experience different symptoms from one another over time. Other symptoms include:
- difficulties with handwriting
- changes to speech, such as soft, quick or slurred speech
- loss of smell
- sleep disturbance
- drop in blood pressure leading to dizziness
- difficulty swallowing
How is Parkinson’s disease diagnosed?
Because doctors do not yet know the cause of the disease, it can be difficult to diagnose. A diagnosis will likely involve physical and neurological examinations, conducted over time to assess changes in reflexes, coordination, muscle strength, and mental function. Your doctor might also see how you respond to medicine.
You may need to have brain imaging tests, such as MRI or CT scans, or blood tests to rule out other conditions that might be causing your symptoms.
What are the treatments for Parkinson’s?
Your doctors will tailor your treatment based on your individual circumstances.
The support of a team will help you manage your condition, which may include a general practitioner, neurologist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, specialist nurse, and dietitian.
While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, symptoms can be treated with a combination of medicines, surgery, lifestyle changes, a healthy diet and regular exercise.
What is a MePACS Safety alarm?
A MePACS safety alarm is a personal alarm that effectively connects the user to the MePACS 24/7 personal alarm service, both inside and outside the home. It comes with a wealth of features that improve the user’s quality of life, such as:
- Guaranteed 24/7 emergency response from trained professionals
- Emergency response within two minutes
- Two way communication
- GPS technology
- Fall detection
- Water resistance
Interested in a MePACS alarm for you or loved one who has Parkinson’s? Send an enquiry form at ‘Contact’ in the main menu.
How does the MePACS 24/7 service connect to you?
The human touch of MePACS ensures you are guaranteed a fast response at any time of the day or night.
Once you raise the alert by pressing the blue button, we will contact you via the base unit (for the MePACS Home Alarm) or Mobile Alarm itself within two minutes to assess the situation and then organise the right help to you quickly.
Unlike auto dialler alarms, we are able to share the emergency information with 000 who can then prioritise the call to the client.
The MePACS team is available 24/7, 365 days a year – this gives peace of mind to both you and your family, knowing that a reliable and trusted organisation is here to help.
If you, or a loved one is affected by Parkinson’s disease, a MePACS alarm will grant you both peace of mind, as you both can live your lives with the knowledge that help is always available when you need it.
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MePACS 24/7 Monitored Response Personal Alarm Service
The diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease can be a challenging time for all concerned. The added security of a personal alarm service with 24/7 response can provide an individual and their loved ones with vital reassurance that in an emergency, quick assistance is available anytime day or night.
MePACS is a monitored personal medical alarm service trusted by over 45,000 clients Australia wide and backed by a public health provider, so all profits go back into the public health system.
A personal emergency alarm provides additional safety and reassurance. In an emergency, a MePACS personal alarm enables the client to raise an alert for help at the press of one button. Our friendly response team will respond within 2 minutes and either Triple Zero or a family member /friend.
Why a MePACS wearable medical alarm can provide peace of mind for someone who has Parkinson’s disease
- We offer guaranteed 24/7 Fast Response
- Response is guaranteed by our friendly trained team, anytime day or night.
- Range of safety alarms available to suit your lifestyle, from home, mobile and watch alarms.
- Our alarms give you peace of mind to live independently
- We keep in contact until help has arrived – Providing a reassuring, comforting voice at the end of the phone line.
- Our system works independently of the NBN so no need for a phone line
- With a built in SIM card, our alarms can be used anywhere with sufficient mobile coverage in Australia
- No Lock-in Contracts