9 APRIL Parkinson’s Awareness Month 2019
Parkinson’s Awareness Month 2019
We at Patriot Healthcare understand that living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a constant struggle for many, and with April being designated Parkinson’s Awareness Month, we want to reference the areas where the Parkinson’s Foundation has provided some helpful information to help guide those diagnosed to manage their daily symptoms. Through a process of discovering the right medications with your physician, paired with the pursuit of complementary therapies while exploring additional support systems, efforts are being made to help patients stay independent, while enhancing quality of life. Some complementary therapies that work well when paired with proper medication, include:
Diet and Nutrition play an important role. Paying attention to what you put into your body can help enhance your health by optimizing your medications, while keeping your bones strong and your brain healthy.
Focus on Emotional Well-Being to help get through the long days. Emotional strength is essential to maintaining physical health. So be sure to ask your doctor about the many ways to successfully navigate the wide array of feelings associated with Parkinson’s Disease.
Daily Living Activities: The Parkinson’s Foundation has a list of helpful suggestions on getting dressed, driving, traveling and more here.
Dental Health can be affected by PD but helpful strategies are available to avoid the threat of dental issues.
Parkinson’s Disease affects approximately one million people in the United States, and is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the nation. With research suggesting the prevalence expected to rise to 1.2 million by 2030, and while it is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, the exact cause and progression of the disease is still unknown.
If you have recently been diagnosed, or know someone who has, the Parkinson’s Foundation has a kind and helpful section on their website geared to guiding those through this difficult transition called Living with Parkinson’s. This is a helpful resource for advice, along with personal stories being told by those who have gone through it, sharing their own experiences.
It’s important to know, no matter what condition or challenging obstacles you are facing in life, that you are not alone, and that there are allies and resources available to you to help make life a little better. So, be sure to ask your provider at Patriot Healthcare if there are any additional resources available to you, or how you can get more involved with outreach opportunities in your area.