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How can I help someone with Parkinson's disease keep doing the activities that they love?

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  • Don't let his symptoms discourage participating in activities. Specially adapted tools are available to help with things like holding a paintbrush.
  • Try relaxing activities to reduce stress, which can make symptoms worse. Listening to music and relaxation guided imagery may help ease tremors.
  • Besides the daily exercise that his doctor probably suggests, urge him to exercise his face muscles, jaw, and mouth. Sing or read out loud (using big lip movements) or make faces.

SOURCES:

Cigna: "Parkinson's Disease: Eating and Drooling Problems."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise for People with Parkinson's Disease."

European Parkinson's Disease Association: "Living a Full Life With Parkinson's," "Creative Therapies."

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: "Diet and Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "What are the Special Challenges of Caring for Someone with PD?" "Parkinson's Disease: Caring and Coping," "Learning to Relax and Reduce Stress."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease: What Matters Most?"

Schlesinger, I. , Oct. 30, 2009. Movement Disorders

University of Florida Health: "Fine Motor Coordination Activities for Patients with Parkinson's."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Cigna: "Parkinson's Disease: Eating and Drooling Problems."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise for People with Parkinson's Disease."

European Parkinson's Disease Association: "Living a Full Life With Parkinson's," "Creative Therapies."

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: "Diet and Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "What are the Special Challenges of Caring for Someone with PD?" "Parkinson's Disease: Caring and Coping," "Learning to Relax and Reduce Stress."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease: What Matters Most?"

Schlesinger, I. , Oct. 30, 2009. Movement Disorders

University of Florida Health: "Fine Motor Coordination Activities for Patients with Parkinson's."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 06, 2018

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