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 active!

Physical activity is good for you and it's especially good for you if you have Parkinson's.

If you're newly diagnosed and your symptoms are mild, it's best to focus on vigorous exercise.

Find out more about physical activity if you have mild symptoms.


5. Find out what questions to ask your healthcare professional 

Making a list of the questions you want to ask will help you feel more prepared.