Modifying Your Activities and Your Home When You Have Parkinson's Disease
Simplifying your daily activities may help you stay independent for a
longer time by allowing you to save your energy for activities that really
demand it. It also may help to adjust your daily schedule so that your routine
is less stressful or tiring.
Physical therapists, occupational therapists, other people who have
the disease, and the people who care for them may be good sources of help and
support in these areas.
Guided imagery is a relaxation technique that uses positive mental images to influence how you feel. It can enhance your traditional Parkinson's treatment. But it does not replace traditional treatment.
Guided imagery is an ancient practice that includes simple visualization. It is a safe and simple technique. Almost anyone can do it.
Guided imagery focuses on images. But this type of imagery helps you harness all your senses -- sight, taste, sound, smell, and sensation. This helps you connect...
If you have trouble moving around or become tired easily, it also may
help to make a few changes in your home.
Change the location of furniture so that you can
hold on to something as you move around the house.
modified chairs that make it easier to sit down and stand up.
the items you use most often (such as reading glasses, keys, and the telephone)
in one easy-to-reach place.
Tack down rugs to prevent
Put no-slip tape in the bath tub and install handrails to
An occupational therapist can assist in making these and other
changes to your home. See the Other Places to Get Help section of this topic
for resources that can provide hints about modifying your home to make
dressing, bathing, and eating easier.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
G. Frederick Wooten, MD - Neurology
December 3, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
December 03, 2010
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