It is very common to have neurological ailments in elderly. Sometimes they may have Dementia and also a neurological disease.Common problems in elderly include Parkinsonism, Stroke and Motor Neuron Disease.
Parkinsons disease is a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movements.
- Tremors, Shaking, stiffness of both upper and lower limbs
- Frequent falls due to Difficulty while walking, lack of coordination of movements, imbalance while walking.
- difficulty in talking, swallowing chewing
It often affects men more than women. Usually it develops beyond 60 years and gets progressively worse with age. Medications can slow the symptoms from progressing however they are not curative.
Mobility is affected and may reach a point where the person needs assistance for all activites of daily living like Bathing, Toileting, Dressing, feeding and Medication assistance.
A stroke is caused to interruption in the blood supply to a part of the brain. This can be due to a block in the blood vessel or due to a rupture of the blood vessel.
Symptoms of a stroke depends on the area of the brain that has been affected by the loss of blood supply.It can include
- Paralysis or weakness of one side or both sides of the body
- Difficulty in speaking, slurred speech
- Confusion, disorientation, behaviour change
- Vision problems etc
Recovery is often gradual in the elderly and beyond 6 months deficit may be permanent. The elderly are at risk of recurrent Strokes and may need prolonged nursing care.
Motor Neuron Disease
Motor Neuron Disease is a rare disease that affects the nerves and produces gradually progressive weakness. There is no cure for MND. The disease can progress rapidly in some cases. Those affected would need nursing care and help with activities of daily living. They are mentally alert however would need assistance for activities of daily living as the weakness progresses.
Facilities at Kancare
24x 7 Trained staff
Good homely ambience
Daily activities and Neurological Rehabilitaiton programs