Are you interested in becoming a caregiver?
Apply Now »

All "Senior Health & Wellbeing" Articles

Related Articles:

Managing Mobility Problems in Seniors
Problems associated with aging can affect a person’s ability to move around, or mobility.
Preventative Care: A Five-Step Guide for Seniors and Family Caregivers
While factors such as age, gender, and family history are beyond seniors’ control, preventative care can reduce the frequency and severity of conditions that develop. Here are five ways to practice good preventative care.
5 Tips for Living Well with Type 2 Diabetes
We've gathered some tips and resources for aging individuals living with type 2 diabetes to help them maintain physical and mental well-being.
The Respiratory System: Age-Related Changes & COPD
The respiratory system, like many of the other human systems (e.g., cardiovascular, digestive), is a wondrously complex and sophisticated arrangement of organs working together to maintain homeostasis.
Keeping Seniors Safe in the Bathroom
Bathrooms can be quite hazardous ─ especially for seniors. Bathrooms typically have slippery surfaces, and nothing dependable to grasp in order to prevent falls.
Elderly Home Care and Depression
It is important to recognize depression symptoms when caring for an elderly loved one. While seniors aging in their own home can help them maintain their independence, it can also be isolating.
Diabetes Prevention and Care
Half of all Americans age 65 or older have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Pneumonia in Seniors: Prevention and Treatments
Pneumonia is an infection that affects one or both lungs. The disease can range from mild to severe, and can be fatal.
What Does a Heart Attack Look Like?
Most of us have a specific idea of what a heart attack looks like: someone feels an abrupt, strong pain that causes them to stop in their tracks and clutch their chest.
Seniors and Kitchen Safety: Tips for the
What's considered a primary gathering place in the home can become a nightmare for seniors. People age 65 and older have a 2.5 times greater risk of dying in a kitchen fire than the general population. When's the last time you looked for potential hazards

Managing Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the U.S. after Alzheimer’s disease, and the number of people affected by Parkinson’s is increasing as the population ages. 

Parkinson’s disease can manifest in the following ways:

Manage Parkinson’s with Stress Reduction


  • Tremors
  • Balance problems
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Mood disorders
  • Short steps and slowed movement (bradykinesia)
  • Speech and writing changes

While there is no known cure for Parkinson’s, taking steps to manage the disease can increase a senior’s quality of life and help to reduce the impact of symptoms.

Those that have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s should discuss management strategies with a healthcare professional. There are a variety of medications and therapies that a doctor can recommend. 

Everyday symptom management strategies can include:

  • Finding ways to relieve stress:There is ample evidence that stress can make symptoms worse. However, they usually return to normal levels once the cause of stress is removed.  Activities that can help reduce stress include meditation, yoga, deep breathing, getting outside, spending time with loved ones, participating in hobbies or physical activity approved by a physician. 
  • Maintaining a good diet:For those with Parkinson’s, proper nutrition will not only help manage symptoms, but can help slow the progression of the disease in some seniors. In addition to healthy, nutritious food, it’s important to prevent dehydration too. 
  • Adapting your home: Depending on the Parkinson’s symptoms that someone is experiencing, there are a variety of ways to improve everyday life with a few adjustments to living space. For those with trouble walking, or those that needs a wheelchair, wide walkways help manage mobility. Mattresses with adjustable features can be helpful for anyone with difficulty getting in and out of bed, and grab bars may be helpful for those with balance issues. 
  • Preventing falls:Having trouble walking is a common Parkinson’s disease symptom. Minimizing fall risk is an important safety management strategy that is easy to execute. Wearing proper footwear, making sure rooms are properly lit and removing trip hazards can all help reduce the risk of falls.


Comfort Keepers®Can Help

For those who need extra help, in-home caregivers can help facilitate stress management activities, provide support for physician-approved diet and exercise plans and will evaluate a home for safety as part of an in-home assessment. Caregivers can also help with mobility, improve home safety, provide transportation to appointments and events and can help seniors maintain positive mental health through connection, engagement and companionship. For more information on how in-home caregiving can provide assistance to those with Parkinson’s disease, contact your nearest Comfort Keepers® office today.



Mayo Clinic. “Parkinson’s Disease.” Web. 2018.

American Parkinson Disease Association. “Living with Parkinson’s Disease.” Web. 

WebMD. “Parkinson’s Disease Guide: Living & Managing.” Web. 

Parkinson’s Foundation. “Statistics.” Web. 2016.

Sign up to receive helpful info right to your inbox.

We understand choosing an in-home care provider can be a difficult decision, and we want to make your journey as easy as possible. We're here to support you by providing helpful senior care tips and information on in-home care and senior health and wellbeing topics.

Filed Under:
  • Treatments
  • Safety
  • Accessibility & Home Modifications
  • Signs & Symptoms
  • Diseases
  • Anxiety & Stress
  • Parkinson's Disease