Parkinson's disease is a chronic progressive condition - a life-long illness that worsens over time.
You can live well with Parkinson's. Doing so requires attention to how you live and how you care for yourself.
The principles of self-care listed below can help you manage or even live better with chronic diseases that are progressive over time.
Understanding your symptoms, treatment options, medication side effects and steps to improve is very important.
Ask your doctor why you are taking your medicines, what are the side effects and what can be expected. Many problems can be improved, even if medication cannot help.
Our Parkinson's Center regularly participates in educational programs intended to inform people about Parkinson’s Disease.
You can also take classes and join support groups to help you with mobility, nutrition and voice improvement.
Our Resources section has updated information on our educational classes and wellness programs.
Working with a team requires active participation by every team member - you can't depend on your doctor or other medical professionals to do all the work.
The first step to being prepared is to review this Self Management information and complete the Dr. Visit Checklist.
Some movement problems can improve with exercise. Our wellness program will help you make lifestyle changes to feel your best.
This includes information on nutrition, exercise, the power of yoga, stress management and the benefits of creative living.
Support systems or safety nets are important to help you through the bad times and cheer you on during the good times.
We offer two support groups at EvergreenHealth - one for men with a neurological conditions and one for Parkinson’s caregivers. Read more about our support groups
Our staff also provides presentations and updates for local and regional support groups throughout the state.
Understanding what is most important to you and your family will help us develop long-term care plans for you.
This will help identify the steps you need to make positive changes and focus on your priorities.
You are only as good as your general health. It is important to have a good primary care physician and to stay up-to-date with needed treatment.
This physician can help with problems like weight management, smoking and alcohol issues, bone density screenings, blood pressure control, heart, lung and intestinal health.
It is important to see your primary care physician on a regular basis for skin examinations, because people with Parkinson's disease are at greater risk of developing a skin cancer called melanoma.