Gifts for Someone with Parkinson’s Disease
The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease start slowly. Often, individuals will just feel a slight tremor in one of their hands. But the symptoms of the progressive nervous system disorder develop into more serious tremors, stiff muscles, and poor balance and eventually cause difficulty standing, walking, speaking, and eating.
When a loved one has Parkinson’s disease, it can be hard to know what to say or how to help. A kind word or a card is always appreciated, but a thoughtful gift for someone with Parkinson’s disease can make an even bigger impact.
Here are a few ideas for gifts for someone with Parkinson’s disease that will show you care while also making life a little easier for them.
Hand tremors can make holding a book difficult. If your loved one enjoys reading, an eReader can allow them to continue with their favorite pastime. The Kindle eReader is an excellent gift for someone with Parkinson’s disease because it has a number of a built-in features that make reading easier. Text size can be adjusted to prevent tired eyes. It can be placed on a stand so your loved one doesn’t need to hold it steady. As the symptoms of Parkinson’s progress, Kindle even has the option to listen to audio books so your loved one doesn’t have to scan the page.
Add to the gift by loading their Amazon account with books from their favorite authors to get them started.
This may sound like an odd gift for someone with Parkinson’s disease, but studies have shown that the skills developed through boxing can work to lessen some of the symptoms and improve agility, muscle endurance, balance, and coordination. Rock Steady Boxing offers non-contact boxing classes nationwide that give individuals with Parkinson’s a community of support with others going through the same things they are.
Put together a gift package for your loved one with Parkinson’s disease that helps them fight back with a good pair of boxing gloves, hand wraps, and a one-month membership to a Rock Steady gym in their area.
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Terry Cloth Robe
A cozy robe is an excellent gift for anyone – especially if they’re not feeling well or coping with a serious chronic illness. But a terry cloth robe serves an extra purpose as a gift for someone with Parkinson’s disease. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can make movement and coordination difficult. This presents a challenge when drying off after a shower. A terry cloth robe absorbs water quickly, making it easier for your loved one to get comfortable after bathing. Pick one in their favorite color!
Gift giving when a loved one has a serious illness doesn’t need to be difficult. It’s true that it’s the thought that counts. Spending time with your love done is always the greatest gift you can give.
To learn more about how Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care support patients with Parkinson’s disease, please give us a call at 1-888-564-3405.
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