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Thrive by preparing for your appointment

As your healthcare provider may have shared, the goal of treatment is to increase your “Good On” time so you can get back to doing more of what you enjoy. Your ideal treatment plan should be tailored to fit your needs. Maybe you don’t want to manage several medications. Or you’re happy with your medication but wish it would last longer. Whatever your concerns, let your voice be heard.

Simple steps to make the most of your treatment plan:

You and your care partner can complete this together. This will make sure you’re sharing all you should at your visit.

Step 1

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Step 2

Fill out each question to the best of your ability

Step 3

Bring it with you to your next doctor appointment

Finding a movement disorder specialist in your area

A movement disorder specialist—or MDS—is a neurologist who has completed additional subspecialty training to understand and treat conditions that affect certain areas of the brain. Parkinson’s disease is one of those conditions.

The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society makes finding an MDS simple.

Visit this site to search for one in your area.

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Advocacy groups that can help you thrive

These advocacy organizations are dedicated to helping improve outcomes in Parkinson’s disease and provide support, raise awareness, offer education, and conduct research to meet that goal.

The American Parkinson Disease Association offers nationwide support, education, referrals, and more.

The Brian Grant Foundation shares information about exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle changes to support living an inspired life.

This foundation provides webinars, events, and a variety of resources to help people with Parkinson’s live well today.

This foundation is dedicated to finding a cure through funding research and encouraging the development of improved therapies. Visit it to learn more about Parkinson’s, the research they are funding, and how you can take action.

The Parkinson Council is an organization founded to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s, care partners, and families in the Delaware Valley region.

This nationwide organization can help with a wide variety of resources and support. If you’d prefer to call, their number is 1-800-4PD-INFO or 1-800-473-4636.

The Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance is an invaluable resource for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners who want additional resources and to enlist in helpful online programs.
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