Pick Disease (cont.)
Self-Care at Home
Individuals with Pick disease should remain physically, mentally, and socially active as long as they are able.
- Daily physical exercise helps maximize body and mind functions and maintains a healthy weight. This can be as simple as a daily walk. The walk should be at a brisk pace and last at least 20 minutes.
- The individual should engage in as much mental activity as he or she can handle. It is believed that mental activity and stimulation may slow the progression of the disease. Puzzles, games, reading, and safe hobbies and crafts are good choices. Ideally, these activities should be interactive. They should be of an appropriate level of difficulty to make sure that the person does not become overly frustrated.
- Social interaction is stimulating and enjoyable for most people with early or intermediate stages of the disease. Most senior centers or community centers have scheduled activities that are suitable for those with dementia.
A balanced diet that includes low-fat protein foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables will help maintain a healthy weight and prevent malnutrition and constipation. An individual with Pick disease should not smoke, both for health and safety reasons.
Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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