The term 'advanced Parkinson's' usually refers to a time when your symptoms are more complex and have more of an effect on your day-to-day life.
This information will give people with Parkinson's and carers ideas and practical tips to help you as the condition progress.
You may find that you're no longer able to do tasks such as washing and dressing without help from someone else, perhaps a carer.
It may be a time when Parkinson's drugs are less effective at managing your symptoms, or their side effects are outweighing their benefits. You may have a more complex drugs regime.
Living with advanced Parkinson's or caring for someone in the later stages of the condition won't be easy.
But this information will give people with Parkinson's and carers ideas and practical tips to help you as the condition progresses.
Healthcare professionals often refer to different 'stages' of Parkinson's. These include:
Everyone with Parkinson's is different and symptoms will progress at a different rate. It's nothing to do with your age or how long you've had Parkinson's.
This section includes information about complex symptoms and lifestyle issues. You can read it whenever you feel ready.
But if you've just been diagnosed, or you've had Parkinson's for a little while, you may want to read the following information:
Talk about the future before anything becomes an issue. My husband and I did. It would have been impossible to make the right choices if we had not done so.
You, or the person you care for, may not be experiencing advanced symptoms at the moment.
But you may wish to read about advanced Parkinson's now, so you can be prepared as things arise, and deal with any difficult decisions that need to be made.
You'll have the chance to think about what you may like to happen if you become unwell, or if you experience symptoms of dementia.
Discussing your wishes with your family, and writing them down, will help them if they need to make decisions about your care.
For more about the practical and emotional issues relating to Parkinson's and the later stages of life, see our information on preparing for end of life.
As Parkinson's progresses, it can affect the life of a carer as much as it does the person with Parkinson's.
There may be a sudden contrast at this stage, where you realise your role has changed from being a partner, family member or friend to being a carer.