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10 Simple Exercise Tips for Parkinson’s Patients

An integral aspect to maintaining a healthy body and mind while dealing with Parkinson’s Disease is exercising. Follow the simple tips below to ensure that your weekly exercise routine is working to actively alleviate possible symptoms.

  1. Make sure to ALWAYS warm up and cool down before and after exercising.
  1. If you have trouble balancing, do not let this stop you from being active. Exercise near a pole or railing to reduce probability of falling.
  1. To improve balance and stability, try practicing yoga.
  1. Try practicing sports that require hand-eye coordination but do not require excess physical movement, like ping pong!
  1. Like those who do not have Parkinson’s Disease, Parkinson’s patients should exercise 4-5 times per week for 30-40 minutes.
  1. Make sure to know your body’s limits. If an activity is too strenuous, or is painful, you will need to modify your exercise regime.
  1. Remember to exercise both physically AND mentally. Try incorporating puzzles, crosswords, and brain games into your daily routine.
  1. If possible, incorporate the three major types of exercise, cardiovascular activity, strength training, and stretching, into your weekly routine.
  1. Exercise with a partner to stay motivated.

10. Have Fun! The more you enjoy your exercise routines the easier it will be to stay                      consistently active and feeling your best.

 

 

Information taken from:

http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org

http://www.parkinson.org

http://www.healthline.com

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Study on Parkinson’s & Smell

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is holding a Parkinson’s Research Study on Smell. They want to study the relationship between loss of smell and Parkinson’s. They are looking for 10,000 participants. The participants should either be above the age of 60 or have Parkinson’s.

PARKINSON’S AWARENESS MONTH

 

Living with Parkinson’s can be a daunting task. Difficulties can begin from the time you’re diagnosed to the presence of daily obstacles associated with the disease.
 
Take charge of your life with Parkinson’s. Below are some strategies that may help.
 
1. The most important thing is to maintain your nutrition and medication regimen. Make sure that you take your medications as directed by your physician and on time. Complying with your medication schedule is key to avoid “off” periods.
 
2. Perform daily exercise to help you manage your symptoms i.e. yoga, tai chi, meditation, painting, etc.
 
3. Get involved in a Parkinson’s support group to help you cope with a new diagnosis and adapt to the day-to-day realities of Parkinson’s. You can get support from fellow PD patients. You may also want to stay up to date on clinical care and research.
 
4. Parkinson’s disease, if well managed, should not interfere with your independence. It is helpful to have people in your life you can trust if you ever need assistance regarding your illness. The e-pill Parkinson’s medical alert bracelet can also help others aid you in times of emergencies. 
 
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The e-pill tipper allows to easily receive medication from your automatic pill dispenser. 
This product is great for people with compromised dexterity.