With Parkinson’s, it’s important to keep yourself as physically and mentally active as possible. In this way, mind and body functions can be maintained to the greatest possible degree. Regular physiotherapy can help body functioning.
For the mind, frequent, stimulating interaction with relatives and friends will be beneficial. Clubs and societies are a good place to meet people and enjoy a chat or debate – local councils will usually be able to provide a list of such groups.
Tackling Negative Thoughts
Some people with Parkinson’s disease have a tendency to become depressed and isolate themselves. Such depression can, and should, be medically treated.
Feeling down may be debilitating, but it’s vital for Parkinson’s sufferers to remain active and get out as much as possible. If you have Parkinson’s and think you might be depressed, go and see your doctor. If you know someone who has Parkinson’s disease and suspect they are depressed, talk to them and, if possible, encourage them to discuss it with their doctor.
People with Parkinson’s disease often don’t eat and drink enough because their bodies slow down or they find going to the toilet frequently a nuisance. But it’s important to eat high-fibre, nutritious food that can counteract the constipation that may come with the disease.
Constipation may delay the emptying of the stomach and so impede your ability to take medication. For this reason, medication should be taken before meals and with plenty of liquid, so medicines are well absorbed.
Information and Counselling
If you’re diagnosed with Parkinson’s, it’s important to accept the situation – however difficult this may prove. This will certainly take time and require plenty of support from family, friends and medical staff. As part of this process, it’s worth finding out as much as possible about the disease. Although this may cause initial distress, knowing more about the symptoms will help you prepare for the future in a practical and informed way.
Article based on a text by Dr Lene Wermuth, consultant reviewed by Dr John Pillinger, GP
Article taken in part from http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/health_advice/
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