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Many people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) live alone, which is an experience that comes with its own benefits and challenges. Support is available for people with PD who live alone to help them navigate daily life and stay connected.

Emotional Challenges of Living Alone

If you experience feelings of apathy or fatigue for more than five days over a two-week period, reach out to a medical professional to discuss treatment for depression. Your doctor may also be able to refer you to a social worker or mental health counselor.

Stay Connected

Living alone does not mean you are alone — there are plenty of people who can help support you.

Tips for Living Alone with PD

Living alone with Parkinson’s involves adapting to your circumstances. Here are a few tips for making everyday tasks easier to manage:

Planning for the Future

Living alone adds the responsibility of keeping yourself safe, both now and in the future. Starting the planning process early will ensure that you have control over important life decisions later on, such as choosing an assisted living facility or nursing home.

You may also consider signing a health care proxy form. This document names someone you trust as your proxy and allows them to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to speak for yourself.

It may be difficult to admit you need assistance after living independently for many years, but safety should always be the priority. If you have trouble moving around your space or accomplishing daily tasks, reach out to someone you trust to adjust your living situation.

Parkinson's Foundation Helpline

You may live alone, but that does not mean you are alone. Contact our Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (1-800-473-4636) or for answers to your Parkinson’s questions. Helpline specialists can assist you in English or Spanish, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET.

Page reviewed by Dr. Tracy Tholanikunnel, Assistant Professor of Movement Disorders at the University of Florida, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence.

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