Coping with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's disease usually progresses slowly, eventually the most basic daily routines may be affected, from socializing with friends and enjoying normal relationships with family members to earning a living and taking care of a home. These changes can be difficult to accept.

Parkinson's disease support groups can help people cope with the disease emotionally. These groups can also provide valuable information, advice, and experience to help people with Parkinson's disease, their families, and their caregivers deal with a wide range of issues, including locating doctors familiar with the disease and coping with physical limitations. A list of national organizations that can help patients locate support groups in their communities appears at the end of this brochure. Individual or family counseling also may help people find ways to cope with Parkinson's disease.

People with Parkinson's disease also can benefit from being proactive and finding out as much as possible about the disease in order to alleviate fear of the unknown and to take a positive role in maintaining their health.

Many people with Parkinson's disease continue to work either full-time or part-time, although eventually they may need to adjust their schedule and working environment to cope with the disease.

Reference: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Last updated May 5, 2017

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