My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2017. I retired shortly thereafter and have been focusing my attention on providing the best care I can. In addition to the prescribed medication, we focus on strength training/movement as well as mental health. We feel that this regiment has been very helpful in adapting to the disease. We have also been able to manage his freezes by understanding how and when they are likely to occur – i.e. confined spaces, thresholds etc. When these occur, we have found that counting to five after coming to a complete stop enables him to start moving again.
I would like to help other care partners try to manage the disease with what has worked for us over the years. We have been through multiple stages of the disease and have focused on adapating as best we could to these progressions.