Thinking and memory changes can be — but aren’t always — part of Parkinson’s disease. Like all symptoms, if, how and when they happen is different for each person. In some, they are mild. In others, they are significant. The Michael J. Fox Foundation has developed resources to help you learn more and talk about these changes.
Ask the MD Video
Any exercise is beneficial for general well-being and brain health. Find an exercise you enjoy, feel safe doing and will do regularly.
Connect with Others
Spending time with loved ones and meeting new people not only prevents isolation and loneliness, but also lets you exercise your brain.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A balanced diet may support brain health and provide benefits in PD. Aim to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables; more fish and less red meat; whole grains; and unprocessed, non-sugary foods.
Make sure you get the right amount of sleep each night. Maximize sleep by keeping a schedule, creating a wind-down routine, limiting daytime naps, and exercising regularly.
Train Your Brain
Your brain is a bit like your muscles; it needs a regular workout to stay in shape. Play “brain games” online or on your smartphone, do a crossword or jigsaw puzzle, learn to speak a second language, take music lessons or start a hobby.
Stress can worsen Parkinson's symptoms and cause temporary thinking and memory changes. Identify your stressors and find ways to relieve them. Meditate, practice mindfulness, go for daily walks, or spend time gardening or relaxing in nature.
Watch a Webinar
Parkinson’s doctors and a person with Lewy body dementia discuss ways to manage changes and research toward new treatments.
Listen to a Podcast
A person and care partner living with thinking and memory changes share their experience, and Parkinson’s experts weigh in.
Read a Blog
Dr. Dolhun answers questions about Lewy body dementia around what it is, how it's related to Parkinson’s, how it's treated, and more.
The medical information contained in this article is for general information purposes only. The Michael J. Fox Foundation has a policy of refraining from advocating, endorsing or promoting any drug therapy, course of treatment, or specific company or institution. It is crucial that care and treatment decisions related to Parkinson’s disease and any other medical condition be made in consultation with a physician or other qualified medical professional.
These resources were made possible by Acadia Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Nuplazid (pimavanserin). Partner support allows us to furnish high-quality educational content to the Parkinson’s community while maintaining our commitment to allocate donor dollars to high-impact research. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is solely responsible for the content in these resources.