April is Parkinson's Awareness Month
April 6th, 2018
Good afternoon friends today is Friday and for those of you suffering with loved ones battling the Parkinson’s disease we found that discovering the right medications, complementary therapies, support and ways to stay independent can enhance the quality of life for anyone with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
Diet & Nutrition: The choices we make about food – what you eat, how much and when – impact your health and comfort. Cut down on all red meat and processed foods. Less impact on your immune system. Natural, organic and non GMO. Eating whole grains, vegetables, fruits, milk and dairy products, and protein-rich foods such as white meat and beans. Also consider including nuts, olive oil, fish, and eggs to your diet, for their beneficial fats.
Emotional Well-Being: Emotional strength is vital to physical health. Learning ways to successfully navigate the many feelings associated with a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. Life now is about laughter and patience. Each day is a struggle however with love and laughter smiles and bright cheer can improve the mindset of anyone with PD.
Daily Living Activities: There are many ways to maintain a good quality of life when living with Parkinson’s. Physical activity and therapy like stretching, massage, and walking can help the blood flow and keep your organs functioning.
Dental Health: Dental care can change with PD, but there are many strategies that can help avoid and treat dental issues. Parkinson’s can alter face and tongue muscle function, affecting speech and chewing. More visits to the dentist to avoid cavities and gum disease is recommended.
Sexual Health: Men and women with PD often face challenges with sexual dysfunction, but there are various therapies and treatments that can help you and your loved one work through them.
Advice for the Newly Diagnosed: If you've been recently diagnosed with PD, send a message and we would be happy to provide advice on how to cope with the early stages of PD.
Living Alone: Prepare for caregivers and forging a path forward. To find one in your area, contact the Parkinson’s Foundation Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636).
Talking to Children: Children can understand what PD is with simple answers to basic questions. Use simple terms to explain your diagnosis, including the symptoms and what behaviors to expect.
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