Parkinson's disease may not greatly disrupt your life. But for most people, the
disease becomes more disabling over time. Home treatment can help you adjust as
time goes on and help you stay independent for as long as possible.
Your home and lifestyle
Modify your activities and your home. For example, simplify your daily activities, and change the
location of furniture so that you can hold on to something as you move around
Eat healthy foods, including plenty
of fruits, vegetables, grains, cereals, legumes, poultry, fish, lean meats, and
low-fat dairy products.
Deal with sexual function problems.
Talk to your doctor about your specific issues. He or she may be
able to suggest a change in your treatment, such as a change in your medicine
Mood and mental problems
Deal with depression. If you are
feeling sad or depressed, ask a friend or family member for help. If these
feelings don't go away, or if they get worse, talk to your doctor. He or she
may be able to suggest someone for you to talk to. Or your doctor may give you medicine that
dementia. Dementia is common late in Parkinson's
disease. Symptoms may include confusion and memory loss. If you (or a family
member) notice that you are confused a lot or have trouble thinking clearly,
talk to your doctor. There are medicines that can help dementia in people with
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