2.3 Helping to manage slow movements (bradykinesia)

It might be hard for a person with Parkinson’s to move as quickly as they want to, which can be frustrating for them. Their ability to move might change very quickly, so at times they can move well, but within minutes they might slow down or stop. It’s important to remember that people are not being difficult when this happens.

People with Parkinson’s are sometimes referred to as having a shuffling gait. This is when a person doesn’t walk with a smooth motion and it may look like their feet are sticking to the floor.

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Actions to take

  • Give the person plenty of time, support and patience.
  • Keep in mind that they may have trouble getting up from a chair or find it hard to turn over in bed. They might also lack coordination in their hands.
  • Remember that a person may be experiencing a loss of facial expression, so don’t assume they are unhappy.
  • Some people may find it helpful to use walking aids. Before using any equipment, a person with Parkinson’s should get advice from a physiotherapist or occupational therapist who can assess their needs and make appropriate suggestions.
  • Remember that it might also take them longer to answer questions because of speech and swallowing problems related to slow movements or bradyphrenia (slowness of thought).

2.2 How can I help people with Parkinson’s manage their symptoms?

2.4 Helping to manage tremor