Maintaining & Improving Quality of Life While Living with PD

The motor and non-motor symptoms of PD can contribute to changes in many aspects of ability and lifestyle. The goal of Parkinson’s treatment is to reduce symptoms and maintain functioning for as long as possible.  Diminished capacity to function normally and independently can be challenging or even devastating for those with PD. Individuals with Parkinson’s can face a multitude of challenges to their quality of life throughout the disease.  Areas that may be impacted include: employment, driving, traveling, dental health, falls, hospitalization, and financial issues.  This page also contains information on prescription assistance, elder law, and late stage PD. Parkinson’s disease is different for every individual, but you are not alone.  Form your multidisciplinary team early; your team could include: your neurologist, primary physician, family caregiver, mental health professional, attorney, pharmacist, social worker, and others.  Please call us toll-free at 1-866-903-PARK (7275) if you would like to discuss specific resources in your area.

Employment
Most newly diagnosed individuals can expect to continue working for several years with PD, but the severity of the disease and type of employment can play a factor. Read More>

Driving
Driving is an essential part of a person’s independence.  Individuals with PD can most likely continue to drive in the early stages or when medication is properly controlling symptoms.  It is important to exercise regularly to maintain the strength you need to drive and discuss your ability to drive with your doctor often. Read More>

Traveling
Spending time with family and friends is an important part of life.  You may have to travel for holidays or big family events, such as a wedding or graduation, or you may need to travel for business or just take a vacation.  Whether it’s for business or pleasure, traveling with PD can present some obstacles.  Traveling will be more enjoyable if you anticipate some of these hurdles. Read More>

Dental
Oral symptoms  are common in PD.  Read More>

Fall Prevention
Some of the hallmark symptoms of PD, including balance issues and motor complications make falls very common.  Non-motor symptoms can also contribute to increased falls. Read More>

Hospitalization
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Prescription Assistance Programs (PAP)
Prescription Assistance Programs (PAP) are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, state programs, and local community nonprofits.  These programs help provide free or discounted medications for qualified patients who are without insurance or drug coverage. Ask your doctor, social worker, nurse, or pharmacist about current assistance programs for your prescribed medications. Read More>

Financial Assistance
Managing finances throughout any disease can be difficult. Extra costs can add up quickly with copays, extra therapies, and travel expenses to see specialists. If you need help, you are not alone.  Read More>

Medical Equipment
Throughout the progression of your PD there may come a time when you will need to utilize an assistive medical device, such as a walker or scooter.   These mobility assistance devices can be helpful in preventing falls. Read More>