Parkinson's Disease and Constipation
A Nutrition Audiotape and Guidebook for People with Parkinson's
Written and read by Kathrynne Holden, MS, RD
This tape-and-booklet set is designed to suit the needs of both individuals and groups. It was produced by a registered dietitian who specializes in Parkinson's disease, and who is familiar with the many conditions, like constipation, that can occur with PD.
|Why people with Parkinson's often experience constipation|
Consequences of chronic constipation
Tracking Fiber and Fluids (in booklet)
Easy Ways to Increase Fiber (in booklet)
The audiocassette can be played by itself, and used as often as desired. It's especially useful to replay it every few months as a "refresher" or reminder of important points. It has been found particularly helpful for those with vision problems or other reading difficulties.
The guidebook contains the text of the audiocassette, and can be used independently of the tape. This is useful for people with hearing problems. It's also easier to look up information in a book than to replay a tape. Besides this, the booklet also contains tips for getting the best possible use from both tape and guidebook, including a guide for group use. It has "stopping points" that allow the listener to stop the tape and make notes to use later. It also contains a form for tracking your fiber and fluid intake, along with a guide to food sources of fiber.
Individuals can choose to use the tape and book together, or either one separately. There is space for notes in the back, which can be taken on the next visit to the doctor or dietitian.
Parkinson support groups may like to use the tape for a support group activity. The leader can start the tape, follow along in the book, and stop the tape at pre-selected points, for group discussion. Additional booklets can be ordered separately at a cost of just $3.00 per book, allowing each member to take the booklet home and refer to it again later. The tape can then become part of the support group lending library, for members to use over and over in future.
Health professionals can use the tape and booklets as instructional materials for clients, providing useful information for future visits.
As an instructional aid, a group activity, or for individual use, this tape/guidebook set is an invaluable asset in helping people with PD combat constipation.