Roadmap to success

The Patient

Surprise! You are the key to a high quality of life. I emphasize this because to thrive you must do more than take pills.

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Dramatic Lifestyle Change

what do I need to know about thriving with Parkinson’s disease. .First thing – Your best days are ahead.  Secondly, exercise is the only means to slow the progression and maintain mobility.

CRITICAL FOR SUCCESS​

Health, Exercise & Stretching

Exercise is the only means to slow the progression and maintain mobility. Your nutrition can improve your cognitive function and increaese medicine uptake.

CRITICAL FOR SUCCESS​

Keeping Positive

You are in control  of your future. Keep your chin up. Be positive.

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The Cost

Don’t worry we are all in the same boat – 95% of all Parkinson’s medical charges are paid by Medicare since it affects seniors over 65.

Dramatic Lifestyle Change

The very idea that you have a degenerative brain disease is overwhelming to anyone. You feel like you have reached you highest point in your life and now its all down hill. Questions flood your head at a dizzying pace. How long can I be independent? How will I pay for this? How long until I am frozen in wheelchair unable to move. Do i have enough funds to retire? Self-pity and depression infect your soul. Why me? Will my family, friends and colleagues think I am mentally deficit? At this early stage, you able to conceal your tremors  during family gatherings and business meetings,  but it’s getting worse, You wonder how long can I keep it a secret…

There’s a decision you need to make when to share that you have Parkinson’s disease. It’s ok to take to wait a month or two to deal with being diagnosed. It’s natural to feel vulnerable and  uncomfortable about having these discussions. Telling people you have Parkinson’s does come with anxiety and in addition probably will be emotional. In general, we suggest telling people sooner than later. It  is always better to share than keeping your condition secret.  It’s exhausting to be constantly aware of your  symptoms and masking your condition. and wondering if anyone noticed. It results in you deciding to staying home instead of being social. It takes a toll on your health and relationships. Make it a priority to tell your family as soon as possible. Afterwards you will be relieved and you will have  a safe space where you can be yourself. You will be surprised how people will offer to help you. It’s an important component of your support network. The same applies to the workplace, with the added benefit of work purchasing assistive aids  so you can continue to  efficiently work. It also helpful if you need to take some time off. They key is to share as soon as possible., afterwards a huge weight will be lifted off your shoulder.

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference."

Serenity Prayer

Keeping Positive

Research has shown that outgoing positive individuals live up to 7 years longer. Keeping positive is one of  life’s greatest lessons. Having a positive outlook is essential for thriving with Parkinson’s Disease. Its only human to need to belong to your  community. Long term goals provide purpose, require getting out of the house, being social, provide accomplishment and fulfillment. It’s important to keep busy and keep your mind engaged. These are all critical aspects to being positive. Maintaining a positive outlook is an mportant aspect of your  Parkinson’s treatment. Here are some methods that can help you. 

Research has shown that outgoing positive individuals live up to 7 years longer. Keeping positive is one of  life’s greatest lessons. Having a positive outlook is essential for thriving with Parkinson’s Disease. Its only human to need to belong to your  community. Long term goals provide purpose, require getting out of the house, being social, provide accomplishment and fulfillment. It’s important to keep busy and keep your mind engaged. These are all critical aspects to being positive. Maintaining a positive outlook is an mportant aspect of your  Parkinson’s treatment. Here are some methods that can help you.

Healthy Perspective

You have a lot to be thankful for

Lucky to Live USA

Lucky you live in the United States, great doctors & Medicine.

Challenge yourself

Don't settle for less, rise to the challenge. When you amaze yourself you will be overjoyed in happiness.

Daily Mantra

A daily mantra declaring today to be a great day can set you on the right path.

Wonderful Technology

Lucky to have smart watches, smartphones & tablets making life easier.

You're best Days are ahead

This is 100% true. You just need to acknowledge great days and remind yourself often.

Suck it up, Buttercup!

There children with far worse ailments and they are happy! No excuses!

It is common to wake up and be stiff and think today is going to be tough. You can barely roll out of bed. We recommend getting up, no matter how tough it is, ger out of bed, stretch and have breakfast. I guarantee you will be your normal happy self once you get moving. I am always amazed at how quickly I transition to smiling. Eventually you can train your mind to skip the wakeup blues and be positive when you wake.

Health, Exercise & Nutrition

Being healthy is important. This is exceptionally true for sleep.. Your mind needs  a break otherwise your symptoms could be worse.. Being in good shape makes a world of differernce in  mobility like getting out of a chair or bed.

Exercise is essential to thrive with Parkinson’s. exercise has been shown to slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disease. Exercise helps maintain strength and flexibility which is critical to maintain mobility and independence. Exercise benefits are greater at earlier  stages, so do not wait. Get started today! The key is to make  sure the trainer specializes working wish Parkinson’s patients.  Below are some national programs, which is a fantastic way to get started.

LVST BIG

Lee Silverman Voice Technique (LSVT) developed LSVT-LOUD and LSVT-BIG exercise routineshelpl to smoother, larger, safer movements and improved quality of life.s

PWR Moves

Don't settle for less, ruse to the challenge. When you amaze yourself you will be overjoyed in happiness.​

Rock Steady Boxing

A daily mantra declaring today to be a great day can set you on the right path.

Nutrition

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Avoid protein before medicine

The most important medicine. levodopa, must compete with protein for absorption from the small intestine. Avoid proteins 2 hours before. Medicines are absorbed quickest on an empty stomach.

Neuroprotection

Nutrition plays a role in both neuroprotection and neurodegeneration

Antioxidants

Parkinson’s disease is associated with mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress. Antioxidants serve to neutralize oxidative stress. Aim for 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, Eat fruits or nuts for a snack rather than a cookie or chips, Substitute colorful bean or salmon for protein in the place of meet, Drink decaffeinated green tea, coffee

The Costs

Parkinson’s disease is unique in that 95% of medical expenses are paid by Medicare because Parkinson’s patients are typically retired, 65 years or older  and on Medicare. As Parkinson’s Disease progresses treatments tend to increase in costs as your dopamine decreases. We recommend having a supplemental insurance. Late stage Deep Brain Stimulation surgery may require you paying a deductible out of pocket for the surgery. Llate stage Duopa  has low surgery costs but the monthly costs of the Duopa can exceed $15,000. This may require you to apply for a nonprofit to pay the difference. Having a Movement Disorder Specialized Neurologist will give you a better chance obtaining insurance approvals. This is routine for them.

"Our brains renew themselves throughout life to an extent previously thought not possible."

Michael Gazzaniga, Cognitive Science Author