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Parkinson’s Disease Tips

If you or a family member is living with Parkinson’s disease, you might be interested in learning how to improve your overall well-being. Nutrition and exercise can make a difference for those living with Parkinson’s, and potentially have a positive impact on mental health as well as physical health. Continue living your best life after a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

5 Tips for Living with Parkinson's Disease

1. Plan for physical activity.
Especially if it can also be a social activity such as dancing, yoga, or walking.


2. Stay hydrated.
Prevent constipation by sipping water throughout the day (consider any water restrictions), reduce sugar intake and increase fiber-rich vegetables in diet.


3. Address depression.
Depression is common in people with PD. Talk with a health care provider who can guide decisions on medications and/or alternative treatments.


4. Schedule medication reminders.

Medications for PD can have a time sensitivity.

5. Encourage independence.

Encourage independence with eating by serving food cut into small pieces or pureed if swallowing becomes a problem.