Someone we know professionally was just dx'd with PD before Christmas,. They went to a top PD research center and saw the top doc there, this man is famous the world over. The main advice he gave? Begin lifting weights, mostly upper body.|
We aren't privvy to more than this, but my husband and I believe this advice was given to help this person build up strength to take care of themself as long as possible. When I think about it, I realize how much you use your arms, shoulders, stomach and back to get out of chairs, roll over, get in and out of bed, off the toilet, etc.
I know many here cannot do this, and my husband doesn't do it himself although I try to get him on his bike which does involve the upper body to a degree. But anyone who possibly can, should. I dont' think the weight matters, start with little one pound weights and work your way up as you go. I know I will not be able to lift my husband, roll him over, help him get on or off a chair, toilet, sofa, etc., if we get to that point, as I am not a big or a strong woman. So I am encouraging him to do this as much as he can. It's hard, he's in a lot of pain so much of the time and is so tired all of the time, but every little bit will help.