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.
Usually, the outward symptoms of Parkinson's are distinctive enough for a doctor to make a diagnosis in the office. Tests can help your doctor determine whether you have Parkinson's disease or some other type of parkinsonism. If you don't have a response to the drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease, you may have one of these other types of movement disorders and your doctor will probably continue to search for the cause of your symptoms.
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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