3.6 Cognitive problems and their management

We will now look at what cognitive problems are caused by Parkinson’s and how to care for someone with cognitive problems.

Cognitive problems are difficulties with thinking and memory. Many people with Parkinson’s will experience cognitive difficulties as a result of their Parkinson’s or as a side effect of their Parkinson’s medication. This means that some of their thinking processes and functions will be lost or become much slower. They may also experience changes in mood and motivation. These difficulties can be upsetting for the person with Parkinson’s, their family and their carer.

We will now explore some of the more common cognitive problems associated with Parkinson’s and helpful hints on what you can do to help those experiencing them.

3.5 Communication in Parkinson’s – case study

3.7 Depression