RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSON’S
If you have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, you probably have quite a few questions. You may want to find out more, or have specific questions or concerns not yet covered on this website.
If you do - please phone the Support Line on 1800 644 189.
The Support Line staff can assist with a range of areas such as emotional issues related to the diagnosis, community services and respite, Centrelink entitlements, driving, insurance and employment.
It is important to know that everyone will be affected differently by their diagnosis. No two people will have exactly the same symptoms nor will their experience of Parkinson's disease or other movement disorders be the same.
In addition, your attitude to life is very important. If you have Parkinson's disease, try not to be too discouraged. If you find that your condition slows you down or makes certain routine activities more difficult, then try to keep working at your own pace, and retain as many of your leisure activities as possible. Keep yourself active and healthy.
Parkinson’s SA is here to support you.
Everyone reacts differently to being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Some people will feel anxiety, anger or fear, others may deny the diagnosis and for some it can even feel like a relief as they finally have some answers. Having a range of emotions and reactions to the diagnosis is normal as is having a range of questions and issues that you want answered. Whatever the reaction, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone, we are in this together.
Remember, it is likely you have already experienced a number of life challenges and just as you coped with those new and difficult moments, you will find the resources to cope with your future life with Parkinson’s. Give yourself some time to come to terms with the diagnosis and understand what it means for you.
Parkinson’s is a complex condition. The symptoms can impact on day-to-day activities and the future. Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s is a life changing experience, but there are treatments to help manage the symptoms and support services available to help get the most out of life, maintain independence and to continue to enjoy all that life has to offer.
Knowing where to find answers to your questions can make a real difference and is the first step of taking charge of your life with Parkinson's and is only a phone call away.
The Information Line is free and confidential, and available Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm (except public holidays).
FREE CALL 1800 644 189
The Support Line is able to offer a wide range of information and support related to Parkinson's Disease.
However, you should consult your general practitioner or specialist for specific questions related to diagnosis or prescription of medication.
In a medical emergency dial 000.