People living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may find moving around does not come as naturally as it once did. Staying active in your daily life is essential to living better with Parkinson’s. Continued movement can improve Parkinson’s symptoms and increase your confidence.
Tips for Improving Mobility
- Build physical activity into your daily routine. Garden, do housework or wash the car, as you are able.
- Walk with a friend or family member. Exercising with another person is a great social activity and can help boost motivation.
- Attend a community exercise program. Call the Parkinson’s Foundation Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (1-800-473-4636) to find an exercise group near you.
- Move around often at home. If you watch TV, walk or ride on a stationary bicycle during commercials.
- Play some upbeat music and dance. Dancing is a fun way to stay active and express yourself.
Moving Day was a gift to us and Gary. That day would not have happened if it wasn’t for that walk.
Getting Around: Canes, Walkers and Wheelchairs
There may come a time when you need extra support. There are plenty of options to assist with mobility. If you experience freezing of gait, a cane or walker can assist with movement. Some canes and walkers can even help cue your steps by projecting a laser line.
Page reviewed by Dr. Bhavana Patel, Movement Disorders Neurologist at the University of Florida, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence.