For some, a Parkinson’s disease (PD) diagnosis comes as a relief; an explanation for previously unexplained symptoms. Others may be stunned, struggling with what the future may look like. As you begin processing your emotions, which can be wide-ranging, it’s important to know you are not alone.
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5 Steps to Living Well
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.
Contact our Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (1-800-473-4636) or Helpline@Parkinson.org for answers to your Parkinson’s questions, in English or Spanish.
Newly Diagnosed Guide
Designed to help people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones get started on their PD journey, learn more about PD and prepare for a doctor's appointment.
Was your loved one recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s?
We are here for you. PD impacts each person in a different way, so there is no one-size-fits-all approach to caring for a loved one. Allow yourself time to adapt to the diagnosis and to define caregiving for yourself, especially early on, when you might not feel like you are giving care.
Exercise is medicine for people with Parkinson’s. Research shows that exercise and physical activity can not only maintain and improve mobility, flexibility and balance but also ease non-movement PD symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Establishing early exercise habits is essential to overall disease management.
Five Honest Reactions to a Parkinson’s Diagnosis
Nothing can prepare you for hearing the words, “you have Parkinson’s.” Everyone reacts differently — from confusion to relief. Check out five common and honest reactions people have after receiving the life-changing news, along with the resources that can help.
Through Parkinson’s Foundation Chapters, we provide people with Parkinson’s and their care partners access to local resources and services, such as:
• Support groups
• Health and wellness classes
• Education programs
Our global initiative offers genetic testing for Parkinson’s-related genes and genetic counseling at no cost for people with Parkinson’s.
As you learn more about Parkinson’s, start building your support network. Sign up for our online community of people living with PD, care partners and people who are newly diagnosed.
We're Here For You
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.