Although most seniors who have Parkinson’s follow a routine medication regimen and perhaps some kind of physical therapy schedule, many PD patients are looking into alternative treatments. If you’re senior loved one is interested in finding natural solutions for his or her symptoms, here are a few supplements to consider. As always, the Palm Desert senior care professionals at Home Care Assistance remind family members and caregivers to speak with a loved one’s physician prior to beginning any new treatments.
Most of us are familiar with the overall health benefits of fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids. However, fish oil can also play a role in Parkinson’s treatment. Aside from omega-3s protecting brain cells, the fatty acids also have antidepressant effects.
Ginkgo biloba promotes memory, alertness, and has antioxidant properties. Additionally, although research is ongoing, ginkgo biloba may increase dopamine activity and help adults retain more dopamine-releasing cells.
Seniors who have Parkinson’s also often have a vitamin D deficiency, and research shows higher levels of vitamin D are associated with a lower risk of developing PD. The connection between PD and vitamin D isn’t well understood, but vitamin D plays a role in how genetic material is used and may also reduce brain inflammation. Low levels of vitamin D also leave PD patients at higher risk of falls and bone fractures.
It’s not uncommon for seniors with PD to have a hard time falling and staying asleep. Melatonin is the body’s main sleep hormone and can help PD patients get a good night’s sleep. Melatonin also has neuroprotective qualities that may help slow the disease’s progression.
In addition to taking supplements, seniors with Parkinson’s should lead an overall healthy lifestyle. At Home Care Assistance, every care plan includes the use of our exclusive Balanced Care Method, which promotes a health diet, daily exercise, regular socialization, and helps seniors maintain a sense of purpose.
For more information on BCM or to find out how Parkinson’s home care can help your senior loved one maintain a high quality of life in the comfort of home, please give us a call at (760) 345-0001. Our Care Managers are available 24/7 to answer questions, discuss care options, or simply help you get to know us better.