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Monday, April 25, 2011

Living with Parkinson’s - Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF)

Living with Parkinson’s - Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF)

While your journey with Parkinson’s is different from anyone else's, from age of onset, to the symptoms you will experience, to your reactions to medications, there are common strategies you can take to live well with PD.

Strategies for living well may include:
Managing nutrition and medications – to maintain the highest quality of daily living with PD.
Performing activities that may benefit you and your symptoms - painting, tai-chi, exercise – to take charge of your life with PD. Connecting with the PD community and become informed about PD.
Getting involved in advocacy, clinical trials, support groups, and educational conferences – to be both a benefactor and a participant in the community.
Planning ahead to maximize adaptation to this disease on your own terms; to make living well at home and work a priority at every point in the disease process by using assistive technologies, the expertise of allied professionals such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, and nutrionists, when needed.
Challenges, Tips, and Resources
Get Involved in the PD Community - In this section, find many ways to connect with others in the community. Search our Parkinson's Disease Resource List to find local resources, browse works of art in our Creativity and Parkinson's gallery and read stories submitted by people living with PD. We welcome you to submit your own artwork or story as well!

Newly Diagnosed - Hear and read real stories from people who share your experiences and begin to inform yourself about PD.

Managing Your PD - In this section, find out about ways to live well with your Parkinson's. Learn about medications, complementary therapies finding support, and staying independent.

Getting Involved in Clinical Research - Learn about clinical research, and how to get involved with Parkinson's trials in your area.

Care Partner and Family Support - Here, you can find advice and resources about how to care for those with Parkinson's disease.

Financial, Legal and Employment Issues - In this section, find resources that can help address your concerns about finances, keeping up with work demands, and legal issues.

There are many great resources from the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, click headline for webpage or: http://www.pdf.org/en/living_pd

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