Lifestyle / Exercise

Anne Martin, Parkinson's Nurse Specialist says: Get to know your Parkinson's from day one.  Start to design your individual pathway through your own personal Parkinson's.  Get to know your symptoms, the impact these have on your quality of life and get to know the treatments available to you at any time in your own personal journey.

Learn how to chair your clinical reviews and how to make the most of your appointment.  Plan your care with your professionals.

Get a good balance of exercise, sensible diet and as much sleep as possible.

Exercising and movement are the most important things to do daily

Create a regular exercise plan and stick to it

Yoga, TaiChi and pilates are great for strength and balance

I sometimes have a Parkinson's mask so when I go for my daily walk to the beach I say good morning to everyone and smile (Elaine)

Start working on your balance and core engagement if you want results (Sanddune)

Medication timers can be really helpful - and recognising my own early symptoms of wearing off is helpful

I find structured bike training useful (Jen)

Look after your spouse and they will look after you (Leroi)

Boxing and dancing has helped me to move move fluently (Trinda)

Set an alarm on your phone or watch to remind you to take your medication (Beverly)

Find time when you're at your peak to do difficult/fiddly tasks (Emma)

Continue to do the things you enjoy 

Embrace your creative side (Anne)

For ease, I use an electric tooth brush, have a short hair cut and wear clothes without buttons (Jill)

It is important to find out about research (A.C)

The tiny containers you can find at cosmetic counters make wonderful pill pots (Chris)

If you're feeling dizzy, try putting your arms above your head 

I use a passive stationary bike when I feel out of energy, weak or in a brain fog. This moves my feet for me and in about 10 minutes my mind clears and my mood lifts (Joan)

Take note of the symptoms that impact most on your quality of life and communicate them to your healthcare team (Gary)

I find walking the dog 2 -5 miles every day helps (Ilja)

If you travel to the U.S a lot it might be worth applying for a global TSA security pass as it gets you through processing lines quicker

As a friend of a person with Parkinson's, I keep an eye out for when they need to take their meds and when they might need to rest (Carson) 









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