Living With Parkinson’s Introduction
People living with Parkinson's can continue to live long and rewarding lives. There are many ways to live well including exercising and eating well. Other aspects of living with Parkinson's such as driving, working, relationships, holidays and travel are explained.
Caring for someone with Parkinson's
The impact of Parkinson’s goes beyond the person who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Partners, family members and friends of the person who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s will be well aware of how challenging the condition can be for them and those closest to them.
Exercise is a very important part of helping to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Second to medication, it is probably the most important thing you can do to stay well.
A healthy and well-balanced diet is encouraged for people living with Parkinson's to ensure daily energy and nutrient requirements are met.
Living with Parkinson's can have an effect on many drivers, but it doesn't necessarily mean that you will be stopped from driving.
Many people with Parkinson’s are working and will continue to work for a considerable amount of time
Whether you have Parkinson’s or care for someone with the condition, Parkinson’s may affect your relationships.
Australians like to travel and travelling when you are living with Parkinson’s can continue. Extra planning will ensure that people with Parkinson’s can manage well and enjoy their time away.
Parkinson’s is not a condition commonly associated with needing to be hospitalised. However, people with Parkinson’s may need to be admitted to hospital at some point, whether it is in relation to their condition or for another medical reason.
A large variety of mobility and disability aids for everyday living is available to help people with Parkinson's. Mobility and disability aids can help people maintain independence in the activities that are most important to them.
The decision to disclose your diagnosis of Parkinson’s is a very personal one. You may find it relatively easy to talk about Parkinson’s, or you may be more private or find it hard to come up with the right words.