FOUR STEPS TO DEALING WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE
Embracing the news that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease is the first and hardest step of dealing with the disease.
For a lot of people being able to place all of the symptoms such as a tremor in one hand. Other symptoms are slow movement, stiffness, and loss of balance under one disease offers a sense of relief. These people no longer have to face their symptoms blindly and can create an action plan involving these four steps.
TIP NUMBER 1: CONNECT WITH A NEUROLOGIST WITH WHOM YOU FEEL GOOD CHEMISTRY.
The symptoms vary from person to person and can vary in severity. Along with the normal symptoms people may experience as a loss of smell, walking stiffly without normal arm swing motion, a slight twitch in the hand or chin. Finding a neurologist who is easily available for unscheduled appointments and will give you the time and attention you need is vital.
TIP NUMBER 2: LEARN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN
Read Everything! Some of the best books are:
- A Parkinson’s Primer: An Indispensable Guide to Parkinson’s Disease for Patients and Their Families
- Goodbye Parkinson’s, Hello Life!: The Gyro-Kinetic Method for Eliminating Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Good Health
- Parkinson’s Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life
- Both Sides Now: A Journey from Researcher to Patient
- Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned
- A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease
Go to every seminar you can find. Check your community calendars and local hospital to find seminars about Parkinson’s Disease. Gem Village holds a monthly support group for Alzheimer’s Support on the second Wednesday of every month. A lot of the behaviors associated with Parkinson’s are the same behaviors with those with Alzheimer’s.
TIP NUMBER 3: EXERCISE
According Parkinsons.org “Exercise is an important part of healthy living for everyone. For people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), exercise is more than healthy — it is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and activities of daily living. Exercise and physical activity can improve many PD symptoms. These benefits are supported by research.
The Parkinson’s Outcomes Project shows that people with PD who start exercising earlier and a minimum of 2.5 hours a week, experience a slowed decline in quality of life compared to those who start later. Establishing early exercise habits is essential to overall disease management.”
TIP NUMBER 4: CREATE A PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT SYSTEM
Find an Elder Care Attorney, an Estate Planner, a Certified Professional Accountant and an Aging Life Care Professional and tour assisted living facilities, home and health agencies and skilled nursing home. Have a plan and documents in place to manage specific scenarios. Due to possible changes in cognitive function having these decisions made beforehand can offset the stress.
Gem Village Assisted Living has a memory care unit and can deal with the symptoms of Parkinson’s. While booking a room for immediately after hearing your diagnosis isn’t necessary but deciding which assisted living facility you want to go to when the symptoms become unmanageable can ensure you will be well taken care of later on in life. If you know anyone who is struggling with daily living due to Parkinson’s please give us a call at 1(208) 785-9920 to schedule a tour.