Newly diagnosed with Parkinson's
If you have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's you probably have quite a few
questions and some worries.
It hasn't always been easy, but now I've learnt to adapt to Parkinson's and to get on with my life.
This section aims to help you find the answers and information
you need, by directing you to the appropriate pages of our
Our free Being There DVD is for
people who have been newly diagnosed with Parkinson's.
It provides an insight into symptoms and treatments, and
includes interviews with carers, healthcare professionals and
people with Parkinson's.
Parkinson's symptoms and signs
For information on Parkinson's symptoms, see:
We also have a section on the mental
health symptoms of Parkinson's which can occur.
Drugs are the main treatment used to control the symptoms
of Parkinson's while research into finding a cure continues, but
there are also other methods of managing and treating the
You'll find lots of information in our free treatments and therapies publications
Or you can take a look at our Parkinson's
treatment section for information about drug treatment, surgery
Day-to-day life and Parkinson's
Parkinson's can have an affect on many parts
of life and there are many ways of coping. Our publications on day-to-day living and
Parkinson's cover a whole range of issues, offering help and
In our real life stories section people with Parkinson's share
their experience of being newly
Take a look at our support and
information section for help in finding Parkinson's information
and support workers, local groups and other support networks.
Talking to your friends and family about Parkinson's
If you have Parkinson's, you may be thinking about the best way
to talk to others about the condition, whether it's your family,
friends or colleagues, or people you've just met.
You may be naturally open and find it relatively easy to do
this, or you may be more private, and find it hard to come up with
the right words.
Our Talking to people about Parkinson's
information sheet looks into the issues around telling people
you have Parkinson's, including when to raise the subject, ways to
do it and how to handle people's reactions.
Talking with other people who have been through similar
experiences can be a great help. On our discussion forum you can
chat, ask questions or just read what others have to say.
We also have illustrated books that help explain Parkinson's to
children. Take a look at our carers and
family publications to order or preview the free books.
Our pages for carers have practical
information for friends, family and partners who care for someone
Talking to your GP, specialist or Parkinson's nurse
Talking to your GP, specialist or
Parkinson's nurse about Parkinson's information sheet can help
you get the information you need and ensure that you provide
medical staff with the right information.
You may also find our Non-motor symptoms
questionnaire helpful. You can complete this before visiting
your doctor or Parkinson's nurse to help them assess your non-motor
Our health and social care professionals
and Parkinson's page helps you find out which health and social
care professionals do what, and how they can help people with
If you need to stay in hospital, our going into hospital publications will help you
prepare and help hospital staff understand what you need.
Diet and exercise
A healthy diet and regular exercise is important for everyone.
It can be especially beneficial for people with Parkinson's in
managing symptoms and easing any discomfort.
Our diet and Parkinson's section
offers tips on planning a healthy and balanced diet, and buying,
preparing and enjoying food. It also looks at how some foods can
affect medication and how to deal with weight gain and weight
In our exercise and Parkinson's
section you'll find information on the benefits of exercise for
people with Parkinson's and how to find an exercise class. It also
gives advice on exercising at home and takes a look at research
into Parkinson's and exercise.
Driving and Parkinson's
Parkinson's does not necessarily mean you need to stop driving
but you must inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
Our driving and
Parkinson's section and Driving and Parkinson's booklet explains what
you are legally required to do if you intend to continue driving.
You can also find information on car adaptations, insurance issues
and the rights of disabled drivers.
Employment and Parkinson's
If you're currently working, being diagnosed with Parkinson's
may make you concerned. But just because you have Parkinson's
doesn't mean you have to stop work. Many people with the condition
keep working for years after their diagnosis.
You can find out more about work and welfare
benefits in our section on working and employment.
How Parkinson's changes and develops
Symptoms vary greatly from person to person and usually begin
slowly, develop gradually and in no particular order.
Take a look at how Parkinson's
progresses for more information on how the condition can change
over time and help to prepare for the future.
Direct and confidential help and support