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What Types of Hallucinations Might Your Senior with Parkinson’s Disease Experience?

Throughout the United States, approximately one million people are living with Parkinson’s disease.

Of these, 20 to 30% will experience hallucinations as a symptom of their disease. Considered a form of psychosis, hallucinations are sensory experiences that are not really there. These can be upsetting and be disrupting for your aging parent, and it is important to be able to detect them so you can help your parent cope safely and effectively. Your parent might experience just one type of hallucination or could experience several.


Senior Care in Modesto CA: Types of Hallucinations

Senior Care in Modesto CA: Types of Hallucinations


Understanding these can help you to note when they are going through them so you can give them the care they need.
Hallucinations your parent might experience during their progression with Parkinson’s disease may include:

-Visual. The most common form of hallucinations among those with Parkinson’s disease is visual. This means your senior may see things that aren’t there, or misinterpret what they are seeing as other things.

-Auditory. Your parent might also hear things you don’t hear. This is a much less common form of hallucination but can be very upsetting.

-Olfactory. Uncommon in PD, your senior might smell things that are not there, such as a particular food cooking, or the perfume of a loved one.

-Gustatory. Also rare in PD is tasting things that are not really there.


Even if your aging parents only experience these hallucinations occasionally, or they do not upset them, if your parent is experiencing hallucinations it should be brought to the attention of their doctor.

Telling the doctor about all of the symptoms your parent experiences throughout the progression of their Parkinson’s disease is an important part of making sure that their needs are met, and they are getting care and management that is truly right for them.

One of the greatest challenges of being a family caregiver for an elderly adult with living with a progressive disease is the unpredictable nature of this type of challenge. Though there is a set of basic stages every person with a disease is likely to face, the exact set of challenges and symptoms your parent will experience is personal to them.

Having senior care as a part of your care approach for your aging parent as they progress through Parkinson’s disease is an important step toward handling their challenges now, and also preparing for what they may face in the future. Flexibility and adaptability are crucial for managing your parents’ challenges in the way that is right for them and helping them to stay as safe and healthy as possible as they progress. The personalized services of a senior home care services provide help to continue to pursue life goals and find as much meaning as they can in their daily life as they progress.

If you or an aging loved one is considering Senior Care in Modesto, CA, or the surrounding areas please contact the caring staff at ApexCare®.  Proudly Serving Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, Solano, San Joaquin & Stanislaus counties. Call Today 877-916-9111



Jason Wu, President

President at ApexCare
I first became aware of the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease ten years ago when my grandmother was diagnosed with this disease.I saw firsthand how critical it was to have a loving family or caregiver to ensure my grandmother’s safety and daily well-being.My grandmother was fortunate enough to have close family members who cared for her as her Alzheimer’s disease progressed.

Since then, I have had a strong interest in helping and supporting our senior community as they age and are unable to care for themselves.Coming from a family of physicians, I am excited to be involved in the medical community by providing the highest levels of non-clinical in-home care to our clients and their families.With my work experience, I firmly believe that ApexCare can touch many lives and have a great impact on our local senior community.

Prior to joining ApexCare, I worked in a wide variety of industries and have owned multiple businesses ranging from construction to mortgage banking.Outside of work, I am an active youth soccer and basketball coach, having coached recreational soccer for over 8 years and elementary school basketball for over 4 years.I graduated with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received a Masters of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.My career has been focused on building great organizations that deliver the highest absolute levels of service to our clients.I look forward to continuing this passion with ApexCare.