People with Parkinson’s may have problems with their handwriting. It may become ‘spidery’ or difficult to read. Some people notice that their writing starts off normally, but becomes smaller over time (known as 'micrographia').
Not being able to write as well as you used to can be frustrating, but there are some things you can do to make it a bit easier.
Use pens and pencils with a thick or padded cover to help you get a better grip.
Use a clipboard or a non-slip mat to stop your paper slipping.
Write on lined paper, so it’s easier to keep your writing straight.
Take your time to write so it is not as tiring.
If your voice is loud and clear you could record voice messages instead of writing things down. Try using your mobile phone or a dictation machine.
If you need to sign a cheque or document, you could ask someone else to fill in the details for you, so you just have to add your signature.
Alternatives to using a signature
Writing your signature on things like cheques or bill payments can be difficult, but there are some things you can do or use to get round the problem.
This is a plastic guide with a hole where the signature should be. They can help make it easier to sign in the right place. Talk to your bank about whether they provide these.
Speak to your bank about accepting a simpler signature. For example, you might find it easier to write your first initial and surname, instead of writing your name in full.
Some banks offer credit cards that can show your photo instead of a signature. In some cases you can also use a passport or driving licence as proof of identification.
You might find it useful to use a signature stamp. Some banks provide them and you can buy them in most stationery shops.
Please note that in Scotland rubber stamp signatures are not accepted in all banks, so check before using them.
Try to use Direct Debit or standing orders to pay regular bills, subscriptions or donations. Many utility companies give a discount for payment by Direct Debit, so it’s worth asking.
Many people manage their finances in this way and it avoids the need for signatures.