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Planning Daily Activities With Parkinson's Disease

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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.

 

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Reviewed by Jon Glass on August 13, 2012
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