How to Build Resilience While Living with Parkinson’s

resilience with Parkinson's - Davis Phinney Foundation

A life with Parkinson’s is filled with ups and downs, good days and bad days, surprising victories and unexpected hardships. But through it all, there’s also the chance to experience profound meaning, joy and strength you may have never known you had.

We recently hosted a webinar about resilience—the patterns of positive adaptation that follow significant adversity such as trauma, death, loss of a relationship, job loss, financial stress and/or serious health problems—where we talked about what to do during the more challenging times so you can live well with Parkinson’s no matter what.

To watch the video, click here. In this class, created especially for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners, you’ll…

  • Learn how to nurture qualities that build resilience
  • Explore strategies to strengthen your resilience that you can use every day
  • Learn simple practices you can do to ease emotional pain and meet difficult emotions
  • Discover actions you can take to live well with Parkinson’s that will truly make a difference in your life

Class Instructor

Judy Long is a palliative care chaplain with UCSF’s Parkinson’s Disease Supportive Care Clinic and UCSF’s Symptom Management Service. She provides interfaith spiritual care with a deep commitment to caring for care partners, both family members and clinicians, that grew out of her experience as a hospital and hospice chaplain and facilitating grief and family caregiver support groups. As a chaplain and educator, she provides evidence-based training in compassion and mindful resilience to make caregiving sustainable and reduce burnout.

Judy is a certified senior teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) through the CCARE program at Stanford Medical School and the Compassion Institute, a trained teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Emotional Balance through the Center for Mindfulness at UCSD Health. She also teaches the G.R.A.C.E. protocol, developed by Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, Upaya Institute, to train clinicians and caregivers in compassion and resilience, as well as UMass Medical Center’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. Judy is a member of the San Francisco Palliative Care Task Force working group.

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