How are the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease treated?

The non-motor (non-movement-related) symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are treated in a number of ways. Depression, anxiety, fatigue, constipation, psychosis and sleep-related problems can all be symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that can be treated with medication and lifestyle changes, such as getting exercise and making changes to your diet.

Fall prevention is a big factor as well. Installing a grab bar in the shower, or a step-in shower, can be helpful. Having adequate lighting, avoiding area rugs, and securing wires, cables and lines to baseboards also can help.

Swallowing safety may need to be evaluated as well, and speech therapist may be helpful. Driving safety is also a public health issue, as reaction time may be slowed down. So there may be a time when people with Parkinson's disease should have an evaluation to make sure that they’re driving appropriately.

Medication safety, such as using an automatic medication dispenser or medication timer watch, can be helpful for people who have trouble remembering to take their medicine.

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