10 Tips For Better Living With Parkinson’s Disease (PD)(and maybe some other chronic illnesses)

1.  Find a support group in your area. Contact the National Parkinson’s Foundation (NPF), the American  Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA), and Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) for more information about updates and seminars. Ask for referrals and informational pamphlets.   Go to their sites.

2. Search for a Neurologist with whom you can communicate. If you have Young-Onset PD, then you probably are going to want a Neurologist who is also a movement disorder specialist.

3. Eat Your Veggies.  When I went vegetarian over 20 years ago, my energy level improved, my digestion improved, and my medications worked better.

4. Reduce your stress level. Stress reduces the effectiveness of meds, disturbs sleep, and can cause more illnesses. Find an outlet for stress like calming your mind through yoga, reiki, and meditation.

5. Sleep matters. You need rest to recharge those dopamine receptors. If you can’t sleep, talk to your doctor.

6. Keep active.   Challenge your mind and body daily–but don’t overdo it. Find that balance.

7. Stay on track. Keep a schedule with your meds and  take them on time with water.

8. Try music. I find music can soothe my headaches, improve my mood, and help me to relax.

9. Stay informed. Sign up with Google news, local PD organization’s chapters, and other legitimate PD sites to get the latest press in Parkinson’s disease .

10. Get involved. Keep informed and help the PD community through the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN).

These are just a few ways that I have been able to improve my PD. I hope they work for you. I am not a doctor and this is my opinion only.

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over twenty-five years. Karl believes he has had PD since he was seventeen years old and was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty, he is a Parkinson advocate, entrepreneur, inventor, writer, blogger, photographer, Reiki Master, and speaker on PD issues. Karl is the author of the book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease. He has been chosen as a blogger partner for the 4th World Parkinson Congress being held this September in Portland, Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing has been featured in The New York Post and he has appeared on BBC radio, the CBS Saturday Evening News, Japanese television, as well as several local Washington, D.C., television stations. Karl is a former board member and a Virginia assistant state director of the Parkinson’s Action Network and a board member of the Parkinson Voice Project. You may reach Karl via email at asoftvoice@gmail.com, visit his blog at www.asoftvoice.com, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd.

Posted on April 4, 2011, in Education & Support, Health, Parkinson's Disease and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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