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Natural Ways to Prevent Parkinson’s

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Parkinson’s disease can cause stiff muscles, rigidity, a shuffling gait, a masklike facial expression, and dementia. It’s a neurodegenerative disorder that may have genetic components, but following healthy lifestyle habits can enable seniors to stave off the disease. Here are some things that can prevent Parkinson’s naturally.

Monitor Iron Intake

While consuming iron-rich foods is necessary to prevent anemia, overloading on iron with supplements may raise your senior loved one’s risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. By not exceeding the recommended daily allowance for iron, your loved one may be able to prevent Parkinson’s naturally. Too much iron in the bloodstream and internal organs can cause oxidative damage to the brain. It’s thought that those with Parkinson’s disease have elevated levels of iron in the brain, which suggests oxidative damage caused by excessive iron may cause brain disease, including Parkinson’s.

If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care. Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.

Limit Pesticide Exposure

Certain pesticides can cause neurotoxicity if a person is heavily exposed to them. Organochlorine pesticides have been associated with a higher risk of Parkinson’s disease, and while organochlorine pesticides have been banned in many areas, they may still be in use in other areas. When using pesticides around the house, read the labels, and only use them if they’re considered nontoxic and safe to use around people and pets. Similarly, if your loved one has a lawn service, make sure the lawn chemicals are “green.” If they aren’t, instruct your loved one to keep the doors and windows closed immediately after the application and to avoid walking on the lawn until the chemicals have dried.

Follow a Healthy Diet

Eating nutrient-dense foods may prevent Parkinson’s. Diets high in fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, nuts, herbs, seeds, and spices are linked to a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. Healthy dietary choices may lower systemic inflammation and promote healthy bacteria in the stomach that are linked to lower rates of Parkinson’s. 

Professional caregivers can be a wonderful source of support and information about healthy lifestyle habits for seniors. Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Winnipeg, MB, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity.

Consume Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Some types of fresh fish, such as tuna and salmon, are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for optimal brain function. It’s thought that people who don’t consume enough omega-3 fatty acids are at higher risk for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s. Fish can also lower brain inflammation and raise the levels of certain antioxidants. Whether your loved one consumes more fish or takes omega-3 fatty acid supplements, talk to his or her physician. Fish oil may interact with certain prescription medications, especially anticoagulant drugs. If your loved one takes omega-3 fatty acid supplements with anticoagulants, dangerous bleeding (including bleeding in the brain) may occur. For seniors who already have Parkinson’s disease, eating more fish may relieve neurological symptoms and prevent depression and anxiety, which aren’t uncommon in seniors with Parkinson’s disease. 

Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of senior care. Winnipeg families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. Home Care Assistance can be your trusted partner when your loved one needs help with the challenges of aging. Call us today at (204) 489 6000 to learn about our high-quality in-home Parkinson’s care services.