PARKINSON'S DISEASE AND RELATIONSHIPS

It may be difficult to communicate about the changes that a Parkinson’s diagnosis brings to your family, friends and coworkers, but you may find talking about it is helpful to you and those you love.

Remember, too, that a Parkinson's diagnosis rarely affects just one person. While you alone will face the physical symptoms, those who care about you will be impacted as well. Communication can help keep misunderstandings to a minimum and allow everyone to have a chance to voice their questions and concerns.

If you are in a marriage or relationship, think of yourself and your partner as a team, just as you do in other areas of your life. The truth is that neither of you can know, at the outset, what this diagnosis will mean for you individually or as a couple.

With children of any age, focus on reassurance. Include them in getting educated about the disease, and answer any questions they may have honestly. Offer ways they can take an active role in addressing Parkinson’s, such as by doing activities together or attending a local awareness event.

It may surprise you how different people in your life react to your Parkinson’s diagnosis and symptoms. Be patient with those who do not respond as you had hoped, and try to recognize the source of your frustration without taking it out on others.

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