Parkinson’s Awareness Month: #KeyToPD
April is Parkinson’s awareness month, and we are participating in the Parkinson’s Foundation campaign #KeyToPD by sharing our experience and advice for those living with or caring for someone with Parkinson’s.
Thanks to the Parkinson’s Foundation for creating this annual campaign. The Foundation is the leading organization in the nation that provides life-changing support to people living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. So when they asked the nation’s caregivers and health care professional their Key to living well with PD, we responded! Check out our #KeyToPD tips
Diet: Constipation is common in Parkinson’s disease. Aim to drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
Cramping: Some people with Parkinson’s disease experience muscle cramping, especially at night. Eating yellow mustard, which contains the spice turmeric, or drinking tonic water, which contains quinine, may help.
Communication: Learn what to expect from the disease in terms of speech difficulties. Being as informed as possible about what may change in someone’s speech can also help families have better conversations.
Get support/help: Being a caregiver is difficult and exhausting. Join a support group for people with Parkinson’s or for their caregivers. Talking with someone going through a similar experience can help reduce stress. Take offers of help to allow you to step away from the situation and take care of yourself.
Click here to learn more about Parkinson’s Foundation and their campaign #KeyToPD