Planning Daily Activities With Parkinson's Disease
Sitting and Standing
- Bend slowly at the waist and touch your toes before trying to rise from a seated position.
- Once standing, remain in place for a few seconds before trying to walk. This will help you regain your balance.
- Place an additional cushion or book to add height to your chairs and add firmness, this will help you to decrease the distance when sitting or standing.
- To make it easier to get out of bed, tie a sheet to the bed post and knot the other end so you can grasp the sheet to rise to a sitting position.
Easing Cramps, Spasms, or Tremors Due to Parkinson's
- Massage (or have someone else massage) your legs nightly to relieve leg cramps.
- Take warm baths and use heating pads to help relieve muscle spasms and ease cramps.
- Use mineral ice to relax sore joints and muscles.
- Squeeze a small rubber ball to reduce hand tremors.
- At first indication of a tremor, if possible, try lying on the floor, face down, and relaxing your body for five to 10 minutes.
Parkinson's Disease and "Freezing"
- Count your steps as you walk.
- Rock in place from foot to foot to get moving again if you become frozen.
- Have someone place their foot in front of you, or visualize something you need to step over, to get moving again.
Other Tips for Those With Parkinson's Disease
- Purchase a small battery-powered alarm pillbox to help you remember your medication schedule.
- Use a speaker phone or telephone headset to ease the problem of hand tremors while talking on the phone.
- Install an intercom system or purchase walkie-talkies to make contact within the home easier.
Jon Glass on August 13, 2012
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