News ArchivesRead News
My Father Has Parkinson's Disease
Thursday July 30, 2009
Linda Sullivan and Debbie Gitner
The Daily News Tribune - Q: My father has Parkinson's disease. It is becoming more difficult for him to care for himself, yet he is trying to stay as independent as possible. What should I be doing for him?
A: Parkinson's affects fine motor control. Some advice to allow your father to stay as independent as possible is to give him plenty of time to get himself dressed. Do not rush him. Many people with Parkinson's want to maintain their independence for as long as possible and can become angry at the caretaker if they feel they are trying to take over.
Try to purchase sneakers with Velcro closures. Remove buttons on clothes and replace them with Velcro fasteners. Sweat pants are easier to pull up and down.
If speaking is becoming difficult, put together a piece of paper with yes, no, bathroom and other words allowing your father to point to the words.
Contact your father's physician asking for a referral to the Visiting Nurse Association for an occupational therapy consultation. An occupational therapist can evaluate your father and offer other adaptive equipment ideas.
Recent NewsJul 7 - Parkinson’s Patients Have a Higher Risk of Developing Melanoma — and Vice Versa, Study Finds
Jun 27 - The rogue protein behind Parkinson’s disease may also protect your gut
Jun 26 - Do Statins Increase Risk of Parkinson’s Disease? Some Researchers Think So
Jun 22 - A Confused Immune System Could Be Behind Parkinson's Disease
Jun 21 - Predicting cognitive deficits in people with Parkinson’s disease
Jun 20 - Gym offers classes in noncontact boxing for Parkinson’s patients
Jun 19 - Human Limitations Could Prevent Us From Advancing in Science. AI Could Help.
Jun 13 - Brain Cell Transplants Are Being Tested Once Again For Parkinson's
Jun 12 - Smell Test May Sniff Out Oncoming Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
Jun 8 - Smartphones Track Motor Function in Parkinson's Disease
Jun 8 - GKC Enrolls First Patient in Personal KinetiGraph Trial as Part of NPF’s Parkinson’s Outcomes Project
Jun 8 - Low-fat dairy intake may raise Parkinson's risk
Jun 6 - Patient Voices: Parkinson's Disease
Jun 1 - World-First Trials Have Been Launched to Treat Parkinson's And Blindness With Embryonic Stem Cells
Jun 1 - LIFE Shared This Remarkable Parkinson's Disease Story in 1959.
May 24 - Survival Rates Differ Widely in Parkinson's, MSA, Lewy Bodies
May 22 - Discovery may offer hope to Parkinson's disease patients
May 15 - Study offers answers on life expectancy for people with Parkinson's disease, Lewy body dementia
May 5 - Parkinson's in a dish: Researchers reproduce brain oscillations
May 5 - ‘Hunger Hormone’ Could Help Treat Parkinson’s Disease