Living with Parkinson's

Living with Parkinson’s does require re-adjustment as the disease slowly progresses. Depending on the level of impairment, daily activities such as getting dressed, driving and eating may become more challenging over time. Roles within the family, in the community and at work may need to be redefined.

One of the key things to remember is that most people with Parkinson’s disease continue to live long and rewarding lives.

Exercise

Exercise is an important part of healthy living for everyone. For people with Parkinson’s research has shown that exercise is particularly important to help maintain balance, strengthen your muscles, and increase your mobility.

Here we answer some common questions such as what is the best exercise for Parkinson’s, how much exercise do I need to do, when should I exercise and much more.

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Employment

Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s does not mean the end of your career, in fact many people with Parkinson’s continue to work for many years post diagnosis.

Depending on your symptoms, their severity and the type of work you are in will be a determining factor.

There are a number of issues to consider and strategies you can adopt in order to maximise your ability to work safely and productively while also living with Parkinson’s. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to sharing your diagnosis at work, some resources can help you plan for those conversations.

If you are thinking about retiring from work due to Parkinson’s it is recommended that you first seek professional advice about employment, superannuation, and insurance rights and options before making any major decisions.

Relationships

Parkinson’s disease can have an impact on relationships with a loved one and family and friends. When being diagnosed with is important to understand that you are not the only one affected by your Parkinson’s diagnosis, so it’s important to be honest and open in your communication.

The symptoms of Parkinson’s, medication and stress can pose barriers to an intimate relationship so it’s important that you are open with your partner and discuss treatment options with your specialist.

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A Survivors Guide - Professor Simon Lewis

Professor Simon Lewis from the Brain and Mind Institute in Sydney shares some practical tips of what might cause Parkinson’s and things that you can do to improve your quality of life.

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