An estimated 7 to 10 million people worldwide live with Parkinson’s disease. The disease affects men and women equally, and 4% of those with Parkinson’s are diagnosed before they turn 50. Read on for tips on living with Parkinson’s.
- Take advantage of technology to keep your life simple. If mobility is a problem, invest in a good walking cane or wheelchair. Use items such as button hooks, telephones with large buttons, and utensils with oversized handles to cut down the hassle factor associated with every day occurences.
- Steal a pro athlete’s secret trick. Many professional athletes will visualize making the game winning shot, pass, or putt before stepping onto the field. When dealing with Parkinson’s, it may take you several attempts to do something such as getting up from chair. Rather than letting stress enter your mind, visualize your task before you do it. You are likely to be more sucessful.
- Stay flexible. Stretching your muscles helps you gain control. For a list of simple stretching exercises, check out this link.
- Maintain a healthy body weight. If you are overweight, losing weight can help your body adjust quicker to movement-related issues and can help muscles adjust to the extra demands of the disease.
- Always plan ahead. If you are traveling, plan on arriving at the airport early to navigate safely through security. If on vacation, plan fit ample time to rest into your flurry of activities.
NeuroTrials Research is conducting a study on the efficacy of a new study drug for patients with moderate to severe Parkinson’s Disease. Qualified participants may receive compensation for time and travel as well as study drug and examinations at no cost.
- are 30 to 85
- are in general good health
- experience slowness in movement
- experience muscle rigidity or resting tremors
- have been on a stable dose of L-Dopa for over 1 year.