Seniors with Parkinson’s Disease
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, getting regular exercise can play a crucial role in maintaining muscle health by strengthening muscles that have become weakened by the condition. Exercise can also help a person with Parkinson’s avoid depression, a common side-effect of the disease.
A home care provider can help your loved one to maintain a regular exercise routine and/or create one that can assist them in maintaining their standard of living. Exercises can include strength training, stretching, exercises that encompass a range of motions, and any other forms of physical activity a Parkinson’s patient’s in-home caregiver can recommend based on the patient’s abilities.
Benefits of Exercise for Patients with Parkinson’s
Exercise has often been used as a way to treat patients with Parkinson’s, even before the development of beneficial medications. In fact, research has found that patients and even animals who exercise regularly show improved balance and posture and greater ease in managing everyday activities.
Developing an Exercise Program
A Parkinson’s home care provider can create an exercise program based on the senior’s abilities and needs. The program should be safe and effective and based on how severe their joint and muscle pain is and how much it affects their daily life. An exercise program can also focus on any problems they may have with mobility and balance. Daily tasks may become more difficult as the disease progresses, but with an exercise program and the assistance of a Parkinson’s in-home caregiver, your loved one can maintain the standard of living they are used to.
- Stretching: Stretching is probably one of the easiest exercises and can be done throughout the day as a way to keep limber.
- Strength Training: This has a number of benefits, including helping with posture and coordination and making bones stronger. While strength training can be done at home with light hand weights, it is recommended to consult with a physician first.
- Aerobic Exercise: Aerobics can also help to improve heart and lung health. This includes walking, biking, and swimming, with 20-minute sessions three times a week being recommended.
- Range of Motion Therapy: This is perhaps the most valuable form of exercise a Parkinson’s patient can receive since it requires them to work their muscles and joints by moving their limbs in a full range. This is especially beneficial for patients that have lost some mobility over time.
At Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York Region, we provide Parkinson’s home care in Newmarket and the GTA. Our services are available for between a few hours a week and 24/7, based on the level of care required. For a person with Parkinson’s, an in-home caregiver can make all the difference by helping with day-to-day chores, personal errands, and fitness. If you’re looking for Parkinson’s-centric home care in Newmarket, contact Home Care Assistance – Toronto/York region today!
Thompson Jr., D., “Exercise: A Helpful Parkinson’s Treatment,” EverydayHealth.com, June 10, 2009; http://www.everydayhealth.com/parkinsons-disease/exercising-with-parkinsons-disease.aspx