A couple of years back, I was gifted a lovely romantic novel by my husband where the main female protagonist of the story suffers from Parkinson’s disease in her later life and cannot even recognize her husband who sits right in front of her reading her out a love story (which is apparently a personal account of their younger days). I was greatly moved by the happenings in the book and the plight of the protagonists. It is shocking and amusing at the same time to know how a neurological condition called Parkinson’s disease can mess with an individual’s life.
Today, we are going to talk about Parkinson’s disease and how to manage it effectively.
Back in the days, when social media was not just into vogue, we, the commoners, were not accustomed to so many categories of diseases and usually broadly classified them into a single type. Similarly, the different neurological conditions whereas poor memory was involved with old age, we used to say that it is old-age memory loss and inevitable. But now with the advent of too much digital knowledge, we know that this age-related forgetfulness is called Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Dementia. All these neurological conditions are similar in many ways but have some fine lines of difference between them.
Living with Parkinson’s can be difficult as the condition poses a number of day-to-day challenges. But there are ways in which we can manage Parkinson’s successfully and improve the quality and longevity of life.
Here are 5 ways to self-manage Parkinson’s disease:
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Old age does not mean to go on retirement from all activities. You must stay as much active as possible. Join an early morning yoga class, go for evening walks with your partner, drop by at a senior citizen’s club, and practice some low-intensity exercises. Eat good food with lots of antioxidants and nutrients and maintain a healthy weight. These are good ways to self-manage Parkinson’s. But if you find any difficulty with movement or eating food, talk to your doctor.
Socialize with people
Socializing and talking to people from the same age group is a great way to divert your mind in old age. After a certain age, it gets difficult to survive the 24 hours in the day with no job and nothing to do. Invest your leisure time in something else. Find new pastimes like joining a book club, enrolling in a senior citizen’s yoga class or just nurture your hobbies that you haven’t been able to in the younger years due to lack of time. You can also join some travel groups and socialize with new acquaintances.
Many complementary therapies like acupuncture, meditation, reflexology and use of essential oils are some that help to alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Yes, it is important to be independent as long as possible. You can keep a caretaker for your aid but if you feel that you can manage simple tasks like changing clothes, taking a bath, eating, cooking a simple dish, continue doing so without anyone’s help. This way you won’t forget where you keep your regular stuff like clothes, important documents or kitchen supplies.
Be a part of a support group
If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s it is important that you join a support group where other people living with Parkinson’s share their experiences and life stories. You might also get to know some important tips and information that will help you sail through smoothly.