Newly Diagnosed

Receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson’s can feel life-changing, even bordering on overwhelming.  You may feel like withdrawing, changing your focus to other things – doing ANYTHING else but dealing with the disease.  Yet perhaps one of the best ways to calm your fears and identify new effective ways to approach Parkinson’s is to attend a comprehensive seminar offering an overview.

Good Start Program
In the San Diego County area, the Parkinson’s Association’s “Good Start Program” seminars – designed for newly diagnosed Parkinson’s patients and their care partners – have been a great success. The seminars often are filled to capacity and provide attendees with new information and insights.  Movement Disorders neurologists other as well as speakers address Parkinson’s patient and care partner perspectives, and legal issues.

The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego holds periodic sessions, all at no cost to participants. They are 2-hour sessions including a 90-minute presentation followed by Q&A. Specific topics typically include maintaining a positive attitude; understanding Parkinson’s; choosing a physician; common medications; care partners; importance of exercise; nutrition; benefits of physical; occupational, speech and music therapy; legal issues; research; and support services.

For dates and locations of upcoming “Good Start Program” seminars visit

 www.parkinsonsassociation.org, or call 858-999- 5671.

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Other Ideas

Order yourself a copy of the Every Victory Counts manual from the Davis Phinney Foundation.

Visit the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation Recently Diagnosed webpages.

Check out some of the many books available on the subject listed on the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research webpages.