14 Parkinson’s-Friendly Gifts

Not sure what to get your loved one with Parkinson’s disease (PD) for an upcoming holiday or birthday? When you shop using Amazon Smile (visit smile.amazon.com) a portion of your purchase is donated to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Not sure where to start your PD-friendly shopping? Let us help you with some gift ideas. The below products are not endorsed by the Parkinson’s Foundation.

smart watch 1. For the one who wants to exercise smarter

A smart watch or fitness tracker can help your loved one stay motivated and track steps, heart rate and other health markers.

2. For the one in need of caffeine 

Coffee accessories, like a new break-resistant tumbler. Research shows that drinking caffeine in moderation can benefit the motor symptoms of PD.

3. For the one who needs to move… from the couch

Seated exerciser. All types of exercise are beneficial for people with PD.

slip on shoes4. For the one with style

Slip-on shoes can simplify the day-to-day challenge of leaving the house for men or women with PD.

5. For the one who needs shut eye

Sleep accessories can help people with Parkinson’s with one of their most problematic symptoms: sleep issues. A sound therapy system, aromatherapy product or back massager is great way to relax at home, manage stress and improve sleep quality.

yoga6. For the one who likes trying new classes

Boxing gloves can help your loved one get ready for PD-tailored non-contact boxing class that can improve strength, balance and flexibility. Yoga accessories can help your loved one get their neuroprotective benefits during class.

7. For the one who is caught up on TV shows

Books – reading can help people with PD retain mental clarity, from E-readers (bonus: they do not require page turning) to best sellers with large print.

salmon8. For the foody

Mediterranean diet cookbook – this diet has been shown to help people with PD improve their health. A recipe book can help your loved one try new recipes and meal plan.

9. For the one who loves the outdoors 

Sunhat. PD is linked to an increased risk of developing melanoma. A stylish sun or sports hat can be worn to help protect people with PD in the summer and spring months.

10. For the artsy one

Art kits can inspire creativity in everyday life and painting can help reduce anxiety.

sleeping11. For the one who needs help getting out of bed

Silk sheets and satin pajamas are not only comfortable, but have the added bonus of helping you slide out of bed a little easier.

12. For the one who likes exercising the brain

Puzzle books. Whether at home or waiting in a doctor’s office, puzzle books can help promote mental stimulation.

13. For the one who needs to treat themselves

Lotions and body wash can help address skin changes, another PD symptom. Products can help your loved one with oily, itchy, dry and inflamed skin ― all symptoms of PD.

journal14. For the writer

Keeping a daily journal can help curb anxiety and promote better sleep if done before bed. If your loved one is new to journaling, consider a one sentence a day journal or gratitude journal.

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