You’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease… Now what?
As overwhelming as this news may be, there are several things you can do to take control of the situation. Remember, you are not alone - over 1 million Americans live with Parkinson's disease. Be easy with yourself and others as Parkinson's is something you will live with but you do not have to let it control you. Enjoy life and learn to live with Parkinson's disease.
Stay informed – The Parkinson's Institute hosts free Educational Seminars, including a Newly Diagnosed Seminar. Our specialists also share their knowledge of PD on our Resource pages.
Exercise – Exercise is a critical aspect of treatment for Parkinson's disease. Talk to your doctor about the best exercise plan for you. Walking 30 minutes a day is a good start. Check out our weekly Classes open to the public.
Diet – There is no specific diet for Parkinson’s patients therefore it is best to follow a healthy, balanced diet. Read more about nutrition and PD.
Clinical Trials – New treatments and diagnostic tests are currently being studied and are major weapons in the fight against Parkinson's disease. Some find the best way to psychologically fight back against the disease is by helping out with research, yet only 5% of Parkinson's patients join a Clinical Trial. Buck the trend and join us in the fight!
Local Support Groups – For many, the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease can be overwhelming and confusing. If you or your caregiver needs advice on living with Parkinson's disease, the National Parkinson’s Foundation can help you fina a group nationally and the Parkinson’s Patient Support Groups(PPSG) can help you find a group within the San Francisco Bay area.
“When I was first Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease I spent 90% of my time dealing with it, thinking about it, anxious and upset. Now that I’ve become a patient here I spend 90% of my time living my life and 10% of my time managing and thinking about having PD.” - Cindy De Luz, Patient of the Parkinson's Institute and Artist