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A Watch That Helps Doctors Treat Parkinson’s Disease

By Manpreet Dhalla, 9:00 am on

According to statistics, more than 500,000 adults in the United States live with Parkinson’s disease. Approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed annually and many of those cases require live-in care in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The disease typically develops in adults between the ages of 50 and 60. Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, conducted research on the Parkinson’s KinetiGraph (PKG) data logger that was created to monitor the physical movements of Parkinson’s patients. The information provided by the device helps healthcare providers determine the effectiveness of treatment. 

Parkinson’s KinetiGraph

Lightweight and comfortable, the device closely resembles a basic wristwatch. Patients wear the technological monitor for a period of six to 10 days. During that time, the PKG records the movements of patients every two minutes for each 24-hour day period. When the wrist monitor detects changes in muscle activity, the information is automatically sent to the appropriate physician. The device is also equipped with a programmable alarm system that vibrates and flashes to remind patients to take their medication. After taking their medication, wearers simply turn off the alarm. 

Patient Benefits

Parkinson’s symptoms are sporadic and vary from person to person. Some people may experience their highs and lows from day to day or from hour to hour. When talking to their neurologists, patients may minimize the lows, which doesn’t give physicians an accurate account of how effective the medication is. The KinetiGraph was designed to provide a more realistic and objective idea of what individual patients experience each day and how effective their medication is.

The researchers tested their innovative device in clinical trials involving 60 volunteers. In one instance, a patient believed that his medication provided symptomatic relief for a mere three hours. However, according to the PKG, the medication proved ineffective for the entire time. Thanks to the KinetiGraph, doctors can accurately identify what treatments are best suited to individuals with PD.

Of course, those with PD also benefit from in-home assistance to manage their disease. Home Care Assistance in Ft. Lauderdale is a trusted home care agency that enables seniors with Parkinson’s to remain at home. Expertly trained caregivers offer safety monitoring, mobility support, and personal care assistance to help seniors meet the challenges of PD without compromising their privacy. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (954) 909-0370 and learn how we can help your loved one.

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