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Keeping yourself active and getting on with life


“Accommodate your Parkinson’s, but never surrender to it”

  • §It is inevitable that Parkinson’s disease (PD) may impact on your day to day life and make some daily routines more burdensome. However, having a positive attitude to life and maintaining an active daily routine is vital for helping to manage your PD in the long term.

  • §It is important that you keep yourself active and maintain as many of your interests and leisure activities as possible. If you find that you have to give up an activity because of your PD, then always make sure that you replace it with something new.

  • §Keep yourself as healthy and active as you can, with plenty of fresh air, regular exercise, and a sensible diet. Talk to your doctor and other health professionals about the best exercise routine to suit your needs. Make an extra effort to maintain social contacts with family and friends so that you do not become isolated and lonely.

  • §Try to organise your activities in advance so there is plenty of time for you to do things at your own pace and you do not feel rushed. Always carry a supply of your PD medication with you when you are outside the house. This gives you the opportunity to change your plans according to circumstances.

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  • §Avoid becoming too rigid with your daily routine. Being more flexible allows you to do more demanding tasks when you are at your best. Look for solutions, rather than dwelling in problems.

  • §Schedule occasional breaks in your activities and consider having a regular afternoon nap. Many people with PD feel refreshed and reinvigorated after a short sleep. However, do not rest too much during the day or you may not sleep so well at night.

  • §Being able to continue to drive is very important for many people with PD. Most continue to drive for many years after diagnosis. However, you must inform the Drivers Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) when you are diagnosed and notify your car insurance. Power steering/ or automatic gears may be helpful.

  • §Even if at times you feel low and discouraged, try not to let others - including your family and your doctors - take over and make important decisions for you. Playing an active part in managing your PD will help to maintain the best possible quality of life.

It is important that you visit your doctor regularly in order to keep an eye on your general health and to discuss your PD management and agree any changes in your drug regimen.

Useful websites include:

‘Better Health in Retirement’, by Anne Roberts, published in 2000 by Age Concern, London. ISBN 0 862 422515

Useful websites include:

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This site has been established for the dissemination of information. While every effort is made to ensure that information on this site is accurate and current we accept no liability for any omissions or inaccuracies that may have crept in. If in any doubt please contact your doctor for further advice.

Last Modified 13 August 2004
Maintained by Matthew Harris