Any change in movement, walking, balance, behavior, mood, or personality may signal a problem. A visit to the person’s health care provider is a good idea if the change interferes with any of the following:
Many conditions can cause dementia or
dementia-like symptoms, including both medical and psychological problems. Some of these conditions can be reversed, or at least stopped or slowed. Therefore, it is extremely important that the person with symptoms be checked thoroughly to determine if he or she has a treatable condition.
Early diagnosis allows the affected person to plan activities and to make arrangements for care while he or she can still take part in making the decisions.
Individuals with PSP should remain physically, mentally, and socially active as long as they are able.
A balanced diet that includes low-fat protein foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables helps maintain a healthy weight and prevent malnutrition and
constipation. An individual with PSP should not
smoke, both for health and safety reasons.
If you have progressive supranuclear palsy, you and your family caregiver will have frequent visits with your health care team. Your team can help you and your family members adjust to the changing needs brought on by the disease. They will also check you for new or worsening symptoms and complications and will alter your treatment as necessary.
There is no known way to prevent PSP.
PSP is a progressive disease that may leave you vulnerable to a number of life-threatening complications.
People with PSP usually need a walking aid, such as a cane or walker, within 3-4 years of the first symptoms of the disease. With good care and attention to medical needs, nutritional needs, and safety, a person with PSP can live many years. The typical lifespan from first appearance of symptoms is about 6-10 years. The main causes of death are infections and breathing problems.
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