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What to do if You or a Loved One are Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by Elder Health Plans, September 23, 2016

It can feel devastating to receive a bad diagnosis from a medical professional, especially if it is a disease that will have a major impact on your life. Parkinson’s disease causes worry and stress for many people in the United States. Even though there are about a million people diagnosed with Parkinson’s, this disease also impacts many more people who are the family and friends of the patient.

If you have been diagnosed, it doesn’t mean that you need to sit back and wait it out. There are several things that you can do to take a proactive approach to managing your lifestyle and health support:

Lifestyle Habits to Support Your Health

It is important to understand that your physical abilities will be changing. So, it might be necessary to make a few changes around your home. Think about safety and look for ways to reduce the risk of falling. Secure the rugs on the floor, add safety handles in the hallways and bathroom, and move the furniture to open up space.

Organize your cupboards and drawers so that common kitchen tools are easily accessible. Also, your closet can be changed so that you can reach the necessary items that are usually stored on the top shelf.

Support Groups in Your Area

With any diagnosis, it is beneficial to find a support group. This conversation will help you maintain a positive attitude even when the physical symptoms become difficult. If needed, consider individual counseling as well.

Stay in Contact with Your Doctors

Medical support is essential to help you maintain the best health during this time. Choose a trustworthy doctor that you like, so that you are comfortable talking about personal details when necessary. Medical professionals can help you choose treatments that will minimize the symptoms and make you more comfortable in your daily activities.

Since you are anticipating more medical costs in the future, take a close look at your insurance plan to ensure that you have good coverage. In some cases, it might be necessary to change the insurance plan to cover prescription costs, treatments, and other expenses that come up. For more information about insurance during retirement, contact us and we will help you find the right plan.

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