Love & Support

Has a loved one recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s? Here are five ways that you can help your loved one adjust.

Communication is key for those who have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Anxiety and depression are very common for people with Parkinson’s and it is important that you do not let your loved one shut themself out from the rest of the world. Life isn’t over because of their diagnosis, but it will be different.

Patience and Understanding are important as your loved one adjusts to their new reality. It may take your loved one considerable time to come to terms with their diagnosis. They may not want to listen to advice straight away. Take the time to listen to their concerns and offer them support and encouragement.

Self-care is equally as important. Although you might not be the one with Parkinson’s disease – your life is going to be impacted as well. Make sure that you are taking the time to take care of your own needs and feelings regarding this life-changing occurrence.

Regular exercise has been shown to help alleviate symptoms for those who suffer from Parkinson’s. There may be times when your loved one is unmotivated, which is when they will most need you to help push them to maintain a regular exercise regiment.

Educate yourself about the disease. The best way to help your loved one is to arm yourself with knowledge and be prepared for any and all possibilities.