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Published on July 08, 2019

Living Well With Parkinson's Disease

Living Well With Parkinson's DiseaseIf you have Parkinson’s disease, you are not alone in our community. During this week’s 2 Your Well Being discussion, Jessica Thomas, MSW, LCSW, shares tips for living well with Parkinson’s disease and discusses local support programs available to our community members.  

Parkinson’s disease appears differently in each person. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that someone may experience include:

  • Rigidness or stiffness.
  • Tremors.
  • Involuntary movements.
  • Slow movements.
  • Softening of voice.

From support groups to exercise programs to informational symposiums, our community has many resources available to support you. One resource is a drumming class, in which participants memorize rhythm patterns while improving their fine motor skills and making meaningful social connections. Jessica shares that programs like these can help Parkinson’s patients in many ways, including by improving their cognition.

Jessica also encourages following these 4 tips to promote a healthy life when living with Parkinson’s disease:

  1. Find a good care team. Cone Health offers multidisciplinary care to serve patients with Parkinson’s.
  2. Incorporate exercise into your routine. Cardiovascular exercise is especially important if you are living with Parkinson’s.
  3. Socialize and connect with others in our community. Building a support group is key.
  4. Take medications as prescribed by your health care provider.

If you have questions, learn more about Parkinson’s treatment and support programs or reach out to your health care provider for help.  

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