Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (cont.)
Self-Care at Home
Individuals with PSP should remain physically, mentally, and socially active as long as they are able.
- Daily physical exercise helps keep the body strong and flexible and stimulates the mind. A physical therapist can recommend safe exercises. Walking aids can help keep a person mobile while reducing the danger from falls.
- The individual should engage in as much mental activity as he or she can handle. 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 ensure that the person does not become overly frustrated.
- Social interaction is stimulating and enjoyable for most people with PSP. Most senior centers or community centers have scheduled activities suitable for people with dementia.
A balanced diet that includes low-fat protein foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables helps maintain a healthy weight and prevent malnutrition and constipation. An individual with PSP should not smoke, both for health and safety reasons.
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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