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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…

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:…

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…

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…

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)     …

Energy Conservation for Parkinson’s patients

Why is it that a decline in energy is common with the diagnosis of Parkinson’s?                 There are a variety of factors that can lead to an increase in fatigue with Parkinson’s, including: stress, muscle stiffness, impaired sleep, depression and even certain medications.  Parkinson’s symptoms create a decrease in efficiency…

Hand tremor and computer use

Are your tremors making it difficult to control the computer mouse?  Hand, arm or trunk tremors can interfere with fine motor precision.  It can become difficult to position the pointer on the icon in which you are trying to click.  Most computers will allow you to slow the speed of the mouse, therefore…

Therapy Tips to Prevent Falls in Your Home

Postural instability is a common feature of Parkinson Disease. As a result of delayed reaction time, rigidity, bradykinesia, and poor control of the center of mass, falls occur. Falls are a leading cause of bone fractures, brain injuries, hospitalizations, and mortality of persons with Parkinson Disease. What can YOU do…

Handwriting Tips for Parkinson Patients

To improve legibility of handwriting, lean on table/desk with forearm and elbow while writing.  This helps stabilize the upper arm which allows for better control at the hand.