Newly diagnosed To Do list

If you've just been diagnosed with Parkinson's it can be difficult to work out what you need to do first. This practical To Do list helps you get started.

1. Contact the DVLA or DVA

If you drive, it's a legal requirement to tell the DVLA (in England, Scotland and Wales) or the DVA (in Northern Ireland) that you have Parkinson's.

Having Parkinson's doesn't necessarily mean you'll have to stop driving, but you may need a medical or driving assessment.

Find out more about driving and Parkinson's

 

2. Contact your insurance providers

Having Parkinson's can affect any insurance policies you may have. You must tell your car insurance company that you have Parkinson's. And other insurance such as travel insurance can be affected.

 

3. Find out about financial support

Support is available if you're worried about money and the financial impact of Parkinson's, so it's important to find out what you might be entitled to.

Find out more about money, grants and benefits

 

4. Get moving!

Exercise is good for you and it's especially good for you if you have Parkinson's. Research shows that doing 2.5 hours of exercise a week can slow the progression of your symptoms. If you're newly diagnosed and your symptoms are mild, it's best to focus on vigorous exercise.

Find out more about exercise and mild symptoms

 

5. Connect with people who understand

You're not alone. Lots of people know what you're going through. And there are lots of ways to connect with people who understand.