Resources + New Plays
Start on Defense
There are several non-motor issues that come with Parkinson’s that are a major part of dealing with the disease on a daily basis other than medications. I call them ACS (because I always forget one of the three), which stands for anxiety, constipation, and sleep. Anxiety can partially be aided with medication but taking a time out and stopping what is causing the stress point can help. Constipation from all your medications takes a concerted effort each day to increase fruits and vegetables plus at night I take a stool softener. It’s a highlight in the morning to have a bowel movement or as my wife would say did you have a good poop today! Unbroken sleep is extremely important, before going to bed I take melatonin and Calm (magnesium), my goal is to get up only once a night, twice is ok but three times is too much which is really a mental / stress issue entering into the night time.
Go on Offense
Parkinson’s diseases is ever evolving each year especially when you pass the ten year mark, this year I have added an additional component to my exercise schedule one day every other week, my Parkinson’s trainer focuses on the little things that start to affect your life. We practice exercises that facilitate standing up from a seated position, staying agile, posture, walking in a straight line, balance, etc.
Check Your Scoreboard
Goodbye Parkinson’s Hello Life – A Gyro-Kinetic Method for Eliminating Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Good Health, by Alex Kertan, contains holistic techniques that combine dance therapy, behavior modification, and martial arts to improve Parkinson’s patients’ health and quality of life.
Delay the Disease, by David Zid, focuses on exercise routines that are designed to alleviate pain to accomplish daily tasks and increase fitness.
Parkinson’s disease, 300 Tips for Making Life Easier, by Shelley Peterman Schwarz, includes ideas for improving Dressing, Home Safety, Meal Preparation, Personal Care, and Swallowing.