Lifestyle Changes to Manage Parkinson’s Disease
General Guidelines for Managing Parkinson’s Disease
Get Adequate Rest
Eat a Balanced Diet
- Increasing strength
- Improving stamina
- Optimizing coordination
- Decreasing rigidity
- Improving flexibility
- Delaying progression of disease
Participate in a Speech Therapy Program
Manage Your Stress
Modify the Home to Enhance Safety and Access
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- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/91/2012 -