So you have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
The very idea that you have a degenerative brain disease is overwhelming for a week or two, You feel like you have reached you highest point in your life and now its all down hill. Questions flood your head at a dizzying pace. How long can I remain independent? How long until I am frozen in wheelchair unable to move? Do I have enough funds to retire? Self-pity and depression infect your soul. Why me? Will my family, friends and colleagues think I am mentally deficit? At this early stage, you able to conceal your tremors during family gatherings and business meetings, but it’s getting worse. You wonder how long you can keep it a secret…
Is your life over?
Without a doubt you have been dealt a bad hand. There’s so much information and so little clarity how to proceed. Well, you’ve come to the right place, because all Parkinson’s patients have wrestled with these tough issues. Here you will find a way forward. Your attitude, commitment, purposeful life and determination will largely determine whether you thrive or dive. Your destiny is completely in your control.
Can you keep a Secret
You are lucky!
Getting out of bed is half the challenge
It is common to wake up and be stiff and think today is going to be tough. You can barely roll out of bed. We recommend getting up, no matter how tough it is, to get out of bed, stretch and have a breakfast. I guarantee you will be your normal happy self once you get moving. I am always amazed at how quickly I transition to smiling. Eventually you can train your mind to skip the wakeup blues and be positive when you wake
Exercise is essential to thrive with Parkinson’s. Exercise has been shown to slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disease. Exercise helps maintain strength and flexibility which is critical to maintain mobility and independence. Exercise benefits are greater at earlier stages, so do not wait. Get started today! The key is to make sure the trainer specializes working wish Parkinson’s patients. Below are some national programs, which is a fantastic way to get started.
Branded Exercise Programs
Branded exercise programs are nationwide Parkinson’s specific exercise programs that benefit patients. It’s a good place to start to meet other outgoing patients and to establish expectations.
Parkinson’s disease is unique in that 95% of medical expenses are paid by Medicare because Parkinson’s patients are typically retired, 65 years or older and on Medicare. As Parkinson’s Disease progresses treatments tend to increase in costs as your dopamine decreases. We recommend having a supplemental insurance. Late stage Deep Brain Stimulation surgery may require you paying your full deductible out of pocket for the surgery while late stage Duopa has low surgery costs but the monthly costs of the Duopa can exceed $15,000. This may require you to apply for a nonprofit to pay the difference. Having a Movement Disorder Specialized Neurologists will give you a better chance obtaining insurance approvals. This is routine fo them.