People use facial expressions to demonstrate how they are feeling, what they are thinking, and to engage with people around them.
When communicating with others, you often evaluate what they are saying based off of their facial expression, recognizing that the words that a person says can mean different things in context with the thoughts or feelings that they are expressing through their facial expression. This can make it very difficult to communicate with someone and for that person to express themselves effectively when they are not able to use their facial expressions properly. This is the issue with a symptom known as facial masking.
‘Facial masking’ refers to a blank expression, or an expression is that is serious or even angry when this is not the intention. Also known as a ‘masked face’, this symptom can make it look as though your parent is upset, angry, or in a very bad mood even when they are not. If you notice that your aging parent is showing this type of expression frequently or that you often ask them if they are alright or if they are upset when they tell you that they are perfectly fine, it might be time to talk to their doctor about the possibility of Parkinson’s disease. Masked face is considered one of the warning signs of the disease and can become worse as the disease progresses.
Because there are medications and other issues that can result in facial masking, just seeing that your parent is looking serious more often does not necessarily mean that they have developed PD. This makes it important to evaluate your parent’s behavior, indicate when they are showing these signs, determine if they have other warning signs, and talk to their doctor to find the true source of the symptom.
If you have been looking for a way to enhance your aging parent’s quality of life as they age in place, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elderly care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be in the home with your senior on a customized schedule that is right not just for their needs, but also for the amount of care that you give them on a regular basis.
This means that they will have access to all of the care, support, and assistance that they need while also easing your stress and ensuring that you can focus on the other aspects of your life as well. These services can include safe and reliable transportation, medication reminders, assistance with personal care tasks, support for activities of daily living, companionship, meal preparation, and more.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Homecare in Peachtree Corners, GA, please call the caring staff at Always Care Nursing Services today. Call for Assistance: (404) 266-8773 or (800) 989-7828
Administrator of 3 Florida (Always Care) Home Health Agencies for over Fourteen years.
Always Care of Georgia since 2001
Served as a 1st Lt. In the US Army