One of the things that can frustrate those of us with Parkinson’s is the constant replies from our spouse, “What did you say?”
I will begrudgingly admit my voice is getting softer and she isn’t losing her hearing as I thought. Damn It!!!!!
We have all heard that exercise will help to slow down the progression of the disease.
However, how often do we exercise our voice?
I am fairly fortunate that my mobility while getting worse is still somewhat there.
I run a Hockey Goaltending camp and must try and project my voice when out on the ice, we also do classroom lectures which helps me out. Not everybody is as lucky as I am to have these opportunities to use and project my voice.
So we must be creative and try to incorporate our voice in our other daily routines. I love to listen to music when I work. Singing is a great way to use your voice (maybe making your spouse hoping that they were actually losing their hearing).
My wife and I take dance lessons, using your voice to sing along or talk out your dance steps could help.
While listening to a Michael J Fox Webinar on Parkinson’s speech problems, they refer to an App that you could get on your cell phone that would measure your speech volume. Guess whose wife ordered that App?
Don’t be anti-social, being around people, friends and family, gets us talking. That talking , to us is voice exercise!
So don’t let your Parkinson’s hold you back!
Be engaged with life. get out there!