Some of my best memories were spent with friends, good food, and new adventures. Living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) can interfere with daily life, but it should not stop you from enjoying new things.
This summer, some of the PD community shared some excellent ideas to keep us moving! You can see the article in its entirety the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) website.
1. Create your own Memory Game.
Laura inspired this idea. A memory game to remind you of your travels. Laura found that games help stimulate the brain. So she started a memory game using her artistic talents and painted her set memory cards.
She created a memory card game with 24 cards. Instead of the traditional matching games that only use images, her game matches a card with text and a painting she created. “This way, the game engages both the limbic system and the part of the brain that processes language,” Laura said.
Parkinson's Foundation: Better Lives. Together.. https://www.parkinson.org/blog/tips/5-Ways-Summer-On
Being an artist myself, I decided to try my version. I chose not to limit it to travels but incorporate favorite occasions & things. I also added a sensory feature by painting them on stone. My son loved playing too!
2. Explore the Great Outdoors
Four years after her Parkinson’s diagnosis, Beth took a grand hiking challenge by hiking the Grand Canyon during Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
She wanted to raise awareness for Young-Onset Parkinson's disease (YOPD) and the enormous toll it takes on families. This is such a fantastic idea! So many Americans have no idea that YOPD even exists.
3. To Travel is to Live
"To travel is to Live." Was one of Hans Christain Andersen's more famous quotes. I was born and raised as a Long Island girl from NY and then later found myself transplanted in Florida. During my travels, I have lost and gained some great friends. But your best friends are the ones that stick with you always. Although traveling may be a bit tiresome, I have a wonderfully supportive husband that helps keep me going and helps me get and visit friends. The PD Foundation has a wealth of information on their PD Library page.
That's where I came across Nancy's Story on traveling tips. Nancy loves to travel and didn't want to lose the ability to do so with her husband, who has PD. Here are some of her tips on traveling. Nancy's travel Tips
She encourages people living with PD to ask for a wheelchair at the airport even if they do not need it. (Yes that would be me.) This way, there is no need to worry about getting to your gate in time, falling or finding things around the airport.
Food provides nutrients that give us energy for activity, growth, and all functions of the body. Proper nutrition is important when it comes to PD. Since being diagnosed with PD, I realized the importance of a healthy diet. I started incorporating healthy snacks throughout the day to avoid binge eating on junk. Here one of my recent favorite.
The PD Foundation has a great podcast on Good Nutrition and PD. Dr. Bas Bloom explains how nutrition can help improve some of the symptoms of Parkinson's and optimize the effects of medication. He also offers tips on getting adequate nutrition. Good thing there are tons of yummy healthy recipes on their YouTube channel.