Social isolation may affect many people as they age, and COVID has exacerbated the problem for everyone. Isolation can have negative effects on physical as well as mental health. People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are especially at risk for social isolation because of progressive physical changes, mood disturbances, a shrinking social circle, and secluding oneself due to fear of how people may perceive them. Apathy is also a common non-motor symptom, affecting people with Parkinson’s and making it difficult for them to get involved in activities. Other non-motor symptoms such as anxiety and depression can further limit social engagement.
In this podcast episode, Aaron Daley, Coordinator for the Parkinson’s Disease Clinic and Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco, discusses social isolation and ways to overcome it, whether you live in an urban or rural area. He recommends seeking out support at the first sign of the problem, exercising regularly, or just establishing a routine of activity with a companion.
- PD Health @ Home
- Episode 101: Support Group Benefits and How to Start One (podcast)
- Episode 110: Social Isolation and Loneliness (podcast)
- Episode 3: The Benefits of Exercise for People with Parkinson's (podcast)
- Living with Parkinson’s: 5 Steps to Living Well – Find Someone to Talk to
About This Episode
Released: August 24, 2021
Aaron Daley, MA
Aaron Daley is the center coordinator for the UCSF Parkinson's Disease Clinic and Research Center (PDCRC), a Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence. He has a MA in Psychology and has worked in the mental health and medical fields for the past 17 years. His primary duties at the PD Center include: 1.) clinical follow up and resource education for PD clinic patients and their families, 2.) creation and presentation of community outreach programs for PD patients, caregivers, families, and support groups, and 3.) research coordinator for several ongoing PD clinical studies. With community grant support from the Parkinson's Foundation, Aaron has developed programs tailored for PD caregivers on identified topics of concern, and a PD education and outreach series for underserved populations in the Bay Area.
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