Special Health Considerations

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with pre-existing conditions may prove challenging. Here are some ideas to help.


  • Establish an exercise routine. Set reminders for yourself, or find someone to exercise with you at set times.
  • Stay on top of regular doctor’s visits.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Keep up with medications and do not change dosages without advice from your doctor.
  • Rest when you need to.

Physical activity has been shown to help delay or slow Alzheimer’s symptoms. It will also help improve cognitive thinking, reduce stress, and keep you in good spirits.

A healthy diet is also important. Make sure you are getting enough whole grains, fish and shellfish, nuts, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats. Avoid red meat if possible.

More information is available at the Alzheimer’s Association website.

Parkinson’s Disease

One of the most important things you can do if you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease is exercise. This will help you stay active, limber, as well as improve your balance and motor coordination.
Some good exercises to try are:

  • Swimming
  • Dance Classes
  • Bicycling

Be sure to always talk to your doctor before starting a new activity.

There are special dietary considerations for Parkinson’s patients. Some foods to avoid are:

  • Tap beer and red wine
  • Any soybean products, including soy sauce
  • Fermented cabbage such as sauerkraut and kimchi
  • Aged cheeses such as Swiss and blue cheese
  • Cured meats or fish

Some foods that are good for you and high in antioxidants are:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes (beans)
  • Nuts
  • Dark chocolate

More information is available at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation website.


A healthy diet and exercise are vital to good bone health. Exercise doesn’t just build muscle and strength, but it also helps build and maintain the the thickness of your bones. You can learn about our recommended exercises here.
Foods that are good for bone health are:

  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Sardines
  • Fresh Greens
  • Soy
  • Salmon
  • Nuts
  • Seeds

More information is available at the National Osteoporosis Foundation website.