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Nutrition and Parkinson’s: What You Need to Know

By Marius Butas, 8:45 pm on

As a trusted provider of senior home care in Mesa, Home Care Assistance understands the necessity to take proactive measures to improve and/or maintain the health of a senior loved one with Parkinson’s. There are a lot of things that come to mind when we hear the word disease, and nutrition often isn’t one of them–but it should be.

Nutrition plays a vital role in the health and well-being of seniors with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s can cause the loss of vitamin D, dopamine activity, and varying levels of pain, which can cause nausea, difficulty eating and swallowing, constipation, and tooth and bone decay. All of these things can prevent a person from eating, exercising, and engaging in other daily routines. In addition, some medications can affect the body’s ability to tolerate certain foods and properly use nutrients. All of these issues impact the overall health and safety of older adults with Parkinson’s. If your loved one with Parkinson’s lives alone, in-home care in Mesa could be the solution you’re looking for to ensure your loved one has the support he or she needs throughout the day.

You can help your elderly relative negate any adverse affects of Parkinson’s with the right nutrition and supplements. Here are a few tips to combat some of the more common symptoms of Parkinson’s.

Vitamin D Loss – It’s easy enough to take a vitamin D supplement, but you can also ensure your loved one is getting a healthy dose through milk, yogurt, cheese, and dark green leafy veggies like kale and spinach.

Constipation –  Constipation is not an uncommon occurrence among people who have Parkinson’s.  Fill your loved one’s pantry with foods that are high in fiber such as bran cereals and muffins, lentils and beans, blackberries, raspberries, and oatmeal. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is also a must.

Nausea and/or  Poor Appetite – It’s hard to eat if your stomach feels upset regularly. Avoid any heavy, spicy, or boldly flavored dishes. Instead, try milder foods like wheat crackers, nuts, bananas, rice, bread, chicken broth, and/or smaller meals throughout the day.

By supporting the nutritional needs of your elderly loved one with Parkinson’s, you can help them improve their diet, strength, and overall quality of life. To learn more about the highly-trained Parkinson’s caregivers in Mesa, call (480)-699-4899 to speak with a qualified Care Manager. We offer free in-home consultations, no long-term commitments, and all of our caregivers are trained in the Balanced Care Method, which focuses on a healthy diet, physical activity, and maintaining a sharp mind.