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Parkinson Treatment Tips

UF DBS Nurse participates in Parkinson’s treatment roundtable

Pam Zeilman ARNP, our Deep Brain Stimulation programming nurse, participated in a roundtable for Parkinson Disease Counseling Points. The clinicians discuss how to best help patients with mobility, cognitive, and neuropsychiatric issues. Read it here, especially if you treat Parkinson patients. Click the curled corner in the bottom right to turn the page.

Physical Therapy Tips to manage retropulsion

Retropulsion in Parkinson’s disease is the force that contributes to loss of balance in a backwards or posterior direction. Retropulsion occurs due to a worsening of postural stability and an associated loss of postural reflexes. You may be familiar with the “pull test” that your neurologist performs to check your stability. Your doctor will stand…

Helpful Tips for Parkinson’s Disease Hallucinations

A great article for patients on psychosis and hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease published on Psych Central: Also Parkinson’s Treatment Tips for Psychosis from the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration Blog  

Parkinson’s Treatment Tip for Passing Out or Syncope

One of the most common questions we get from Parkinson’s disease patients is: I am passing out or having syncope, and could it be related to my Parkinson’s disease? The answer is yes, and it may be linked to autonomic nervous system issues and blood pressure. Here is what you need to know: The issue…

Stress Management Related to Parkinson’s Disease

Stress can have a large influence on PD symptoms such as tremors, rigidity and balance difficulties. It is important to manage your stress during your daily activities in order to ensure most function and safety.  Listed below are several simple strategies on quick ways to manage your stress: Deep Breathing Strategies Diaphragmatic Breathing When breathing…

Fine Motor Coordination Activities for Patients with Parkinson’s

People with Parkinson’s Disease can see limitations in fine motor coordination which can lead to difficulties with manipulating items such as buttons, makeup and small items around the house.  There are several activities at home that you can do to maintain and increase coordination in your hands, as listed below: In-Hand Manipulation Rotate items in…

Tips and Strategies for Manipulating Buttons and Zippers

Explore adaptive device Button Hooks with zipper pulls Attach rings to the ends of the zipper to increase size of zipper Use velcro on the inside of your clothing instead of buttons Try adaptive strategies Leave shirt buttoned to pull on and off Wear clothing with elastic waist bands versus buttons For belt loops, loop…

Parkinson’s Disease Dementia tips for caregivers

Tips and suggestions for encouraging success for persons with Parkinson’s Disease Dementia  (PDD). Prevent overstimulation Keep the environment simple and quiet Ensure that background noises are kept at a minimal level (TVs, talking, dishwasher, etc.) Keep frequently used rooms free of clutter and with minimal distracting photos Use simple words-do not over speak 2.  Don’t…

Safety Tips for Showering/Bathing

Avoiding falls and preventing secondary injuries are an important goal for both Occupational and Physical therapy.  The risk of a fall is increased and has the possibility of more severe injuries in the bathroom.  Therefore, it is important to take precautions while showering/bathing to ensure safety. Some recommendations include: 1)      Modify your bathroom      a. …