Patients with Parkinson’s disease often experience issues with balance and mobility. While Parkinson’s is a progressive condition, there are steps that patients can take to reduce the impact of mobility problems likely to become more evident and problematic over time. The following are some of Centennial Home Care Assistance’s top tips for improving mobility with Parkinson’s.
Once mobility symptoms appear in seniors with Parkinson’s, physical therapy has been shown to help many patients recover at least some of their mobility. There really isn’t substantial data on preventative physical therapy for Parkinson’s patients, although there is no evidence to suggest that starting physical therapy after being diagnosed will do any harm.
Studies confirm that mobility in Parkinson’s patients can be improved by simply staying active. For patients not keen on the idea of taking an exercise class, daily routines like gardening, washing the car, making short trips up and down the steps and household chores can do the trick. Staying active also helps to get the heart rate up and increases blood flow to the brain which can also help to delay the progression of the disease.
For patients with more advanced mobility issues, water-based activities may be beneficial. The buoyancy can make it easier to progressively increase range of motion with a number of simple exercises. Warm water can also help relax muscles and reduce any pain associated with movement.
Some Parkinson’s patients need a little encouragement to boost their mobility. One way to accomplish this goal is for patients to team with a friend, relative or home caregiver to go for walks or take part in light physical activities in the South Metro Denver area. Additionally, having a partner can reduce concern some patients have about falling.
Mix Things Up
A study of patients with PD found that a combination of exercises, including moderate-to-intense treadmill exercises, tends to be more effective than concentrating on only one type of activity when it comes to improving mobility with Parkinson’s disease. Mixing things up can also encourage Parkinson’s patients to stay active as the routine doesn’t get repetitive and boring.
Interested in learning more about promoting quality of life for a senior loved one with Parkinson’s? Reach out to Home Care Assistance and learn more about our professional Parkinson’s caregivers in Centennial and our flexible hourly and live-in care options. Call 303-957-3100 and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly and experienced Care Manager.