Record Keeping and Research

Compile your own personal medical file. Purchase a three-ring binder and several sheets with divider tabs. Use a three-hole punch so that you can insert any kind of paper into the notebook. Organize the binder into sections Dated summaries of office appointments, tests, treatments, surgical procedures, and hospitalizations, including copies of test results. Prescription log, with details about the names and dosages of all your medications, including nonpre-scription medications and vitamin...

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Parkinson's disease (PD) can affect communication in many ways. Your ability to speak can diminish because of the disease itself or because of the medications used to control your symptoms. It is important, though, that you talk for yourself whenever possible. Don't get into the habit of letting others do all the talking for you. Have a discussion with your family and friends about your speech problems, and let them know ways they can help you. Encourage them to ask you to speak louder or ask...

Mobility and Exercise Walking

Walking with someone can be better than using a walker. Hold onto the arm of someone else while walking, and say out loud together, Left, right, left, right, left, right. This might help you concentrate on your movements. Your physical therapist (PT) can help determine when using a walker is safer. 206. When walking, bring your toes up with every step you take. If you tend to shuffle, follow these steps Make sure your feet are about 8 inches apart. Stand up as straight as you can. Think...

To Reduce Swallowing Difficulties

Plan a regular mealtime schedule. Give yourself at least twice the time it usually takes to eat a meal. Don't allow yourself to feel hurried, because stress can exacerbate symptoms and make swallowing even more difficult. Minimize mealtime distractions by turning off the television and radio and keeping conversation to a minimum. To keep your food warm for a longer period of time, consider using a child's heated plate. 36 If you find that you fatigue quickly when eating a whole meal, plan...

Word from the Author

It is my pleasure to present the second edition of Parkinson's Disease 300 Tips for Making Life Easier. This updated and expanded edition is filled with tried-and-true tips, techniques, shortcuts, and resources that will help people coping with Parkinson's disease (PD). These simple, inexpensive hints will save you time and energy, lessen your frustration, and promote safety and independence. The information for this book was gathered from two sources (1) interviews with more than 100 people...

Basic Concepts for Living with Parkinsons Disease

Being diagnosed with a chronic progressive illness like Parkinson's disease (PD) changes your life forever. Don't give up or give in to the disease Today is a very hopeful time for people with PD. I hope these thoughts and observations will help you. Staying Positive While Living with Parkinson's Disease 1. Learn about your illness. Don't be afraid to read about Parkinson's disease or talk to others who have it. Remember that no two cases are exactly alike, and no one can predict exactly how...

Looking Good Feeling Better

When you look good, you tend to feel better. In this chapter, you'll find ways to streamline dressing so that you'll have more time and energy to pursue other daily activities. But first, here are some basic concepts to keep in mind Dressing will be easier when your medications are working, so plan to dress during your on time. Allow enough time so that you don't feel rushed. Gathering all your clothing items together before you start to dress will save steps and time. You may even find it...

Meal Planning and Preparation

Choose a grocery store that will not defeat you before you begin. When deciding on a store, take into account Resources marked with can be found in the Resources section at the end of each chapter. not only prices and location but also layout and facilities, including restrooms. Is the store accessible Are the doors easy to manage Are the floors clear of debris and obstacles 164. Ask if your neighborhood grocery store has a home delivery service, if getting out to shop for groceries is a...

Making Your Home Safe and Accessible

You can make many simple and inexpensive modifications to your home to make it more accessible without spending lots of money remodeling or making extensive changes. Associations that provide books, videos, and assistance in accessible home adaptations are listed in the Resources section at the end of this chapter. 23. Some of the easiest changes you can make include Arrange furniture so that there are clear walking paths throughout the house. Remove barriers such as magazine racks or...