Episode 151: Strategies to Address Apathy and Exercise Motivation

Besides being a movement disorder and affecting other physical functions, such as the digestive system, blood pressure control, and sleep, Parkinson’s disease (PD) can alter cognition, other mental functions, and mood. Apathy can be part of the disease, resulting in a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or motivation. It can result in a vicious cycle, decreasing one’s motivation to exercise and follow medication schedules, which are essential components of managing PD, including mood.

In this episode, movement disorder neurologist Nabila Dahodwala, MD, MS, Director of the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania, describes what apathy is, how it can affect a person’s life, and ways to help alleviate it and gain motivation to move through exercise.

Released: May 30, 2023

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