Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Depression and Parkinson's Disease Care in Huntington Beach

The topic of depression is coming up more and more frequently in the news as celebrities and others are speaking out about their personal struggles with the illness. While many claim that they are "feeling depressed" when they are feeling sad and lonely, clinical depression is not a subject to speak lightly about. Depression is a common mental disorder that globally affects more than 350 million people of all ages. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, insomnia, irritability, and thoughts of suicide. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of depression (more can be found on WebMD), it is advised to speak with a mental health professional and seek treatment.

Recent studies show that there is a link between depression and Parkinson's Disease. In a recent article in the New York Times, Swedish researchers found in their case study that those suffering from depression are at an increased risk for Parkinson's disease. The more severe the depression, the higher the patient is at risk. Dr. Nordstrom, the lead author of the study, said that the damage to the brain from depression could be causing the increase in Parkinson's Disease. Or, perhaps that in the early stages of Parkinson's, patients are more prone to depression.

Whatever the case may be, if you or your loved one has Depression or Parkinson's, A-1 Home Care can assist you and your family with providing compassionate care for your loved one. A-1 Home Care is a Licensed, Bonded and Insured Home Care Agency that specializes in providing non-medical in home care through a variety of experience, culturally diverse and multi-lingual caregivers. Our caregivers can provide Companionship for your loved one as they go through this difficult time as well as assistance with chores around the house, medication reminders, healthy meal preparation, and driving to and from Doctor's appointments. Our services range from Hourly In Home Care, Short Term Care, Long Term Care, Live in Care as well as Parkinson's Care, Dementia Care, Cancer Care, 24 Hour Care and more. Our agency has been proudly serving the communities of Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Westminister, Garden Grove and more for over 20 years.

To learn more about how we can assist you or your loved one who has Depression or Parkinson's, please contact us at (949)650-3800 or visit our website at

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