9 Things You Should Not Have in Your House if You Have Parkinson’s

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I recently read an article in Country Living titled, “40 Things No Woman Over 40 Should Ever Have in Her Home.” The piece intrigued me and inspired me to write this column.

Following is my list of things I suggest people with Parkinson’s disease should consider discarding:

1. Unworn clothing: If you haven’t worn an item of clothing in over a year, there’s a reason why. Maybe it’s too big or too small, or perhaps you don’t like the piece but feel guilty about getting rid of it because it holds a sentimental attachment. But it’s in the way, and as a person with Parkinson’s, you need all of that clutter out of your life.

2. High-heeled shoes: Get rid of your high heels — they are a prelude to a fall that is waiting to happen.

3. Throw rugs: Have them collected and disposed of immediately. Throw rugs were invented by the people who do hip replacements.

4. Inaccessible clothing and footwear: These include shoes that are hard to get on or have laces to be tied. Consider slip-ons. I got a pair of Skechers at Costco a few months ago. They slip on, have great traction, and are among the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. You may have heard of Marie Kondo and her advice to clear your closet of anything that doesn’t spark joy. The same goes for pieces of clothing that you can’t button because of limited mobility. Find clothing that doesn’t make dressing frustrating for you. I recently read about a magnetized shirt for people with Parkinson’s. 

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5. Expired items: Go through your cupboards and toss out outdated and expired food, vitamins, makeup, and medications. 

6. Unstable patio furniture: Flimsy, plastic patio furniture provides no stability. And if you do misjudge your position when trying to sit down, a garden chair can topple over, taking you down with it.

7. Clunky phones: Consider upgrading your phone for one that is easier to use and read. As someone with Parkinson’s, this piece of technology can offer you peace of mind, but if you can’t use it with ease, it’s useless.

8. Old books: Are you holding onto books that you’ll never read again? Don’t store something on your home’s prime real estate — bookshelves, coffee table tops, end tables — that you never use or don’t care to see. Get a Kindle or another e-reader — they’re more comfortable to hold than paperbacks or heavy hardcover books.

9. Items that don’t spark joy: Do you have items sitting around your home that hold bad memories for you? Throw them out or risk having those harmful recollections stirred up over and over again. Life is short. Live your best life now.


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Don avatar


Good information thank you

Sherri Woodbridge avatar

Sherri Woodbridge

You’re welcome!

Sal DeSimone avatar

Sal DeSimone

20 years after being diagnosed with Parkinsons
disease, I came dangerously close to severing 3
fingers off my left hand while attempting to use
the table saw and Mytre saw.Now I realize I cant
do some things I used to do, so my power tools were handed down to my nephew who does handyman work as a side business

Sherri Woodbridge avatar

Sherri Woodbridge

Ouch! I used to do woodworking as a small business and oh how I miss it!

Hazel A.Moodey avatar

Hazel A.Moodey

How does one get one's better half to agree amicably to do the same with their 'grot' that has been squirrelled away for years.
All in hindsight should have been clearly labelled 'just in case'.
It all lies in heaps in the garage.
Fortunately a long standing schoolfriend came to stay.
After much altercation, a truce was held and a few unwanted
charging leads were reluctant taken to recycling and at least 3 pairs of denims and two sweatshirts.
My other half sounds like an ogre, he is a lovely, caring chap but is so so so so stubborn and takes tidying up and parting with his any of his magazines etc as a personal affront.

Winton Valentine avatar

Winton Valentine

Apologies for not sticking to today's topic.
I suddenly remembered something about a recent article about infra-red light being used to avoid or slowing down
the death of brain cells and wonder if you could provide more details such as a)length of time used,b)how far from the head do you hold the lamp and do use it on both sides. Any other details would be welcome.
Many thanks. W A Valentine (husband of PD patient)

Sherri Woodbridge avatar

Sherri Woodbridge

Winton - I haven’t heard of infra-red therapy -
I would consult your doctor first.


hi Winton,
i am pursuing infrared light therapy since Sinemet is no longer available. i have some infrared light therapy links in my article that you might find informative:


Beth avatar


I just bought a pair of Kizik sandals - they are "handsfree" shoes! Yes, they really work! You step on the back and they pop on! The sandals are light and supportive, and even fashionable. Good soles, too. Worth every penny! Check them out - https://kizik.com

Sherri Woodbridge avatar

Sherri Woodbridge

Beth- thanks for the great info! I will pass it on!

Mags avatar


What is a good birthday present to by for my sister who has PD.I want to get her something thats useful and benefical.

Sherri Woodbridge avatar

Sherri Woodbridge

Mags - i will put out some feelers on my groups and see what all we come up with!

Sherri Woodbridge avatar

Sherri Woodbridge

Here are some suggestions:

Massage session, a house cleaning session, art lesson.

A medic bracelet/manicure/pedicure/time out with those they love


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