Things that help manage our Parkinson's Disease symptoms
Jan 2, 2015 Meeting Notes
- Use it or lose it.... exercising is extremely important for maintaining capabilities. Suggested types of exercise are yoga, stretching, and swimming. Camden Community Center has an exercise class for people with disabilities.
- Applying heat can be soothing: Take hot showers and baths. Try soaking in a hot tub.
- Some medical device shops carry useful tools: a button helper. Surgical tubing can be used as an exercise tool.
- To reduce falling risk try a bed side toilet.
- To maintain better balance keep your feet apart: pretend a hundred dollar bill is between your feet.
- Try expedition pulls available at Amazon.com.
- If you get stuck, try marching in place before you move forward. Use a laser beam to step over.
- To make it easier to exit a car sit on a plastic bag or use a lazy susan or rotating seat cushion.
- To make it easier to get in and out of bed use silk sheets and/or silk pajamas. Also try short tops so they don't get caught under you.
- To reduce the impact of a shaky hand add a weight to your cup.
- Use a hiking stick when walking to help with balance and feel healthy.
- When traveling ask for a handicap room so it's on the ground level and it will have handles that are easier to use.
- If you have a product idea and need funding, investigate http://www.kickstarter.com.
- Medical marijuana: THC, CBD you can blend types of marijuana to get the desired effect e.g., sleepy, awake.
Support group for supporters; make sure supporters get breaks.
Visit Products We Love for links to some of the products mentioned above.
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Advance Care Planning/ Advance Health Care directives
Slides from Cheryl Bartholomew's presentation
October 2016 Presentaion on non-motor symptoms Mind and Memory
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