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Promote Independence for an Aging Loved One with Parkinson’s

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If you’re trying to ensure your aging loved one has the best care possible despite their Parkinson’s diagnosis, then West Bloomfield Home Care Assistance can help. Not only do we have caregivers that specialize in helping older adults with Parkinson’s, but we have provided some information and simple tips to help ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s. If you take these suggestions to heart, you could greatly improve your aging parent or spouse’s livelihood by allowing them to stay independent for as long as they’re able.

  1. Regular ExerciseIt is important that your parent participates in exercise on a regular basis during the earlier stages of Parkinson’s disease. This helps them feel more in control of their movements by improving flexibility, balance, muscle strength, stamina and energy levels. Exercise also helps to reduce injuries to their joints and muscles, and can strengthen their cardiovascular health. Regular exercise like walking with a partner is shown to be especially beneficial a partner can offer encouragement, support and help if needed. You and your aging loved one should consult a doctor to devise a tailored exercise program to suit their abilities and overall health.
  2. Proper Nutrition – Eating a healthy diet is an effective strategy for preventing many diseases and illnesses. For Parkinson’s disease, proper nutrition reduces the risk of hospitalization due to weight loss, dehydration, bone fractures and bowel impaction. Make sure that your senior parent or loved one drinks six to eight glasses of water every day and eats plenty of high-fiber foods to prevent and relieve constipation. Consuming cold and sour items like sherbet before meals will help prevent dry mouth. Also be sure to check with your loved one’s doctor to check if certain foods will have any sort of negative reaction with your parent’s medications.
  3. Restful Sleep – Restless legs, vivid dreams and sleeplessness are symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that interfere with sleep patterns. To help your parent get a restful sleep that keeps their mind and body functioning properly, establish a sleep routine, prevent oversleeping, avoid stimulants (caffeine, alcohol, etc.), minimize fluid consumption before bedtime, and create a peaceful bedroom environment. If your loved one frequently needs assistance in the middle of the night, consider help from a professional and compassionate live-in caregiver. Read more about West Bloomfield live-in care provided by Home Care Assistance.

If you are the family caregiver for an aging parent or loved one with Parkinson’s, you are not alone in this journey. Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of home care, offering comprehensive Parkinson’s Care West Bloomfield families trust. Learn more about our services and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation by calling a Care Manager at 248-283-0835 today.