New to Parkinson's

New to Parkinson's

Living Better with Parkinson's Begins Today

Receiving a Parkinson’s disease (PD) diagnosis can feel overwhelming. This life-changing news can leave you unsure of your next step. As you begin processing your emotions, which can be wide-ranging, it’s important to know you are not alone. The Parkinson’s Foundation is here for you at every stage of your journey. We offer the community, resources and advice to support you – and your family – as you begin to build a better life with Parkinson’s disease.

Learn more about Newly Diagnosed: Building a Better Life with Parkinson's.

Welcome Hope

For some, a Parkinson’s diagnosis comes as a relief; an explanation for previously unexplained symptoms. Others may be stunned, struggling with what the future may look like. Take time to understand how Parkinson’s can impact you physically and how it can impact your mood and emotions. Taking control of the things you can will minimize stress and improve well-being. These five steps, in any order, can help you begin to live well with PD.

5 Steps:

Explore Community

As you  learn more about Parkinson’s, work towards building a network of support and, when you’re ready, connect with others living with PD. The Parkinson’s Foundation is built on community. Take a moment to visit the in-depth Advice for the Newly Diagnosed area of Parkinson.org; each page was written by people living with Parkinson’s. Explore topics such as what happens after a diagnosis (I’ve Got Parkinson’s… Now What?), how to tell loved ones (Telling Family About the Diagnosis) and managing challenges (How Can I Cope With Anxiety and Stress?).

Call the Parkinson's Foundation Helpline 1.800.4PD.INFO (1-800-473-4636) or email Helpline@Parkinson.org for answers to all your Parkinson’s questions. Connect with a compassionate, trained PD information specialist who can assist you in either English or Spanish, the Helpline is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.

Newly Diagnosed Related Podcast Episodes

Podcast

Episode 3: The Benefits of Exercise for People with Parkinson's
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Episode 4: The Importance of Good Nutrition for People with Parkinson’s
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Episode 30: Team Care for PD: Why It’s Important
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Podcast Episode 44: Talking to Children About Parkinson's
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