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Newly diagnosed with Parkinson's

Finding out you have Parkinson’s affects everyone differently. Some people go through a range of emotions – from feeling overwhelmed to feeling relieved.

If you've just been diagnosed with Parkinson's – or you know someone who has – we've got information and support to help.

Will I get better?

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time.

But everyone's Parkinson's progresses differently.

There are also lots of different treatments, therapies and support available to help you manage the condition.

Is there a cure?

At the moment, there is no cure for Parkinson's.

We've already made enormous strides in our understanding of the condition and developed better treatments and therapies.

But despite recent progress we’re still searching for a cure.

Parkinson's UK is the largest charity funder of Parkinson's research in Europe. Through innovation and collaboration we are leading the way to find a cure. Find out how you can be part of this by taking part in research using out Take Part Hub.

Can I carry on driving?

Having Parkinson's doesn't necessarily mean that you will have to stop driving.

But there are some things you need to know about staying safe on the road, and you may need to have a medical or driving assessment.

Find out more about driving and Parkinson's.

Can I carry on working?

Just because you've been diagnosed with Parkinson's, it doesn’t mean you have to stop work.

If your treatment is carefully managed and you have plenty of support, it is possible to continue working for many years.

This depends on the type of job you have and how Parkinson's affects you.

Find out more about working and Parkinson's.

What about exercise?

Research shows that exercise can slow the progression of your symptoms and can be as important as medication to help you take control. 

If you're newly diagnosed then it's best to focus on vigorous exercise like running, gym sessions and cycling. 

Can I get financial help?

Having Parkinson's may affect your finances. But knowing what financial support is available and planning and managing your finances will help you.

Find out more about money, grants and benefits.

How do other people cope with Parkinson's?

We can help you connect with other people affected by Parkinson’s - whether you're someone living with the condition or a family member, friend or carer. Our support services are a great way of finding out how other people cope with Parkinson's.

Find out more about our peer support service, our online community or our local groups.

You can also read about other people's experiences of Parkinson's in our real life stories hub.

Is there support for younger people with Parkinson's?

Parkinson's isn't just an older person's condition. But people often think it is, and that can be alienating for younger people who are diagnosed.

Having Parkinson's as a younger person isn't going to be easy, but we can let you know exactly what information and support we can offer to manage your condition.

Find out more about getting help and support if you're younger.

Coping with your diagnosis

Hear from other people living with Parkinson's and their families about how they came to terms with their diagnosis.

You'll also hear their ideas about how to start feeling in control of life with the condition.

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Recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s? Attend an event designed for you.

We run information and support events that are designed for people who are newly diagnosed with Parkinson's. 

These events are also suitable for friends, family and carers.

Find out more and register
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Interested in research?

There are lots of opportunities to take part in research.

This can be anything from filling in a questionnaire to testing new drugs - whatever you're ready for. 

Take part in research

Parkinson's and you

This introductory guide to Parkinson's contains information about symptoms, treatments and living with Parkinson's.

It includes information on everything from work, driving, diet and exercise to emotional issues and relationships.

Download Parkinson's and you (PDF, 1.5MB)

We know lots of people would rather have something in their hands to read, so you can order printed copies of our information by post, phone or email.

 

Parkinson's and you

Helpline and local advisers

Our helpline and Parkinson's local advisers are here to answer any questions you have about your recent diagnosis and life with Parkinson's.

Call us on 0808 800 0303

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