An Aging Senior with Parkinson’s Could Benefit from an Assisted Living Community

Parkinson’s disease can be a devastating diagnosis. When a person has been diagnosed with this, many questions abound, including what will happen to him or her in the future. 

There is no cure for Parkinson’s at the moment, but that doesn’t mean quality treatments are not available. There are certain medications that can help temper the symptoms of Parkinson’s, but as the disease progresses it will make life more challenging for the person dealing with it. 

When a person reaches advancing years, such as over 55, the option for assisted living becomes available. For somebody who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s or another similar disease, maintaining safety and quality of life at home can be more complicated. 

That’s where assisted living comes into play. 


What can assisted living offer somebody with Parkinson’s?

Assisted Living Fairhope, AL: Seniors and Parkinson’s Disease

Not all assisted living facilities are the same so it’s important to investigate and ensure that any facility you look at has the staffing experience to support somebody with Parkinson’s. 

April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month and there are quality assisted living communities that are beneficial for those dealing with this and other similar types of diseases. 



One of the most important factors that any assisted living community can offer its residents is physical and emotional support. Highly trained staff members will understand the variety of symptoms that might be associated with Parkinson’s. 

An aging senior diagnosed with this disease may need extra physical assistance and support in the morning to get ready for the day. They may require reminders for medication, help taking them, or assistance using the restrooms at times. 

That level of support is often available at quality assisted living communities. 



While family and friends can offer a great deal of encouragement to somebody dealing with Parkinson’s, nothing beats a community of like-minded individuals and supportive staff to help these men and women pursue areas of interest in their life. 

Whether it’s arts or crafts, music, entertainment, or simply enjoying the outdoors in the spring and summer months, a quality assisted living facility will be able to offer the encouragement that living alone and struggling at home may not provide. 



As the symptoms of Parkinson’s increase, safety becomes a more serious consideration. With experienced and supportive staff as well as other residents on site all the time, safety is dramatically improved. 

For somebody dealing with Parkinson’s who is 55 or over, the right assisted living community could offer them exactly what they need to maintain safety and a higher quality of life. 


If you or an aging loved one are considering Assisted Living near Fairhope, AL, contact Ashbury Manor Specialty Care and Assisted Living at 251-317-3017. 

About Cindy Johnson

Ashbury Manor’s Administrator since 2008, Cindy Johnson is a long-time expert in the assisted living field. Prior to her arrival at Ashbury Manor, Cindy managed acquisitions and crisis management for existing and new larger senior care project developments for eleven years. As regional manager for an Oregon-based assisted living management company, Cindy was directly responsible for operations for five 50-65 bed assisted living facilities. As manager during the transition to new ownership, Cindy reorganized internal operations and conducted leadership training for Executive Directors. As a result of her management and expertise, one of the company’s facilities (in Ocala, Florida) received a deficiency-free survey, resulting in the lifting of a moratorium on operation.

A nurse for 36 years, senior care has always been Cindy’s passion. Desiring to work more closely with residents, Cindy became a Category II Administrator in 2005. As Ashbury Manor’s Administrator, Cindy understands the complexities associated with dementia and cognitive impairment and she has fallen in love with seniors with dementia or cognitive impairment and their families.

Cindy is Treasurer of the local “Senior Coalition” chapter. She enjoys mentoring new candidates who want to become administrators.

As a 16-bed facility, with Cindy's training and experience, our residents and their families can be sure Ashbury Manor’s carefully selected staff provides the expertise of a larger facility while maintaining the individualized personal care of a small special needs home.
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