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How can I help someone with Parkinson's disease to brush their teeth and shave?

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You want to make these everyday tasks easier. Try an electric toothbrush if your loved one's hands or fingers are stiff from Parkinson's. If you help with flossing or brushing, try not to touch the back of their tongue, to prevent gagging. Keep a small towel handy if drooling is an issue. For shaving, an electric shaver may help. After shaving, use lotion instead of aftershave, which may be too harsh.

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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