Parkinson Disease Dementia (cont.)
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Parkinson's Disease Dementia Self-Care at Home
Protein in the diet may affect the absorption of levodopa, the major medication used to treat PD. Fluctuations in the level of levodopa may worsen some behavioral and cognitive symptoms. A low-protein diet may reduce fluctuations in dopamine levels. In some patients with these fluctuations, dietary changes can improve symptoms. However, it is important to ensure that the person is getting adequate calories and other nutrients.
People with PD should remain as active as possible. Physical therapy helps the person maintain mobility.
In general, people with PD plus dementia should no longer drive. Movement problems may prevent quick reactions in hazardous driving situations. Certain medications, especially those given to treat symptoms of dementia, may make them less alert. However, this should be determined on an individual basis and in compliance with the laws of the state.
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