We're thrilled to announce that PD SELF (Parkinson's Disease Self-Efficacy Learning Forum), founded by Diane Cook in 2013, has a new home with the Davis Phinney Foundation. PD SELF is based on the psychosocial theory of self-efficacy developed by Albert Bandura. It recognizes the importance of believing in one's ability to effect change and tailors its approach to help individuals create a personalized strategy for managing Parkinson's.
Over the past ten years, PD SELF has successfully reached over 2,000 individuals with Parkinson's and their care partners, both in-person and through virtual platforms. The results of this program have shown that even as participants' physical functionality may decline, their measures of hope, anxiety, and ability to manage Parkinson's significantly improve.
Those who have participated in PD SELF programs have:
- Gained Motivation and Confidence: Parkinson's is a challenging journey, but PD SELF instills a sense of motivation and confidence within participants. We know that the power to make a positive impact lies within each person, and through this program, you learn to tap into that potential.
- Acquired Skills and Knowledge: PD SELF equips people with practical skills and valuable knowledge to navigate the various aspects of living with Parkinson's. From managing symptoms to making informed decisions about treatment options, PD SELF covers a wide range of topics essential for you and others in your life to live well.
- Improved Quality of Life: The ultimate goal of PD SELF is to enhance your quality of life. By empowering you with self-efficacy and personalized strategies for managing Parkinson's, you can make a positive impact on your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
If you've been diagnosed with Parkinson's within the last three years or know someone who has, participating in a PD SELF program is an opportunity to empower yourself and take control of your life with Parkinson's.
And, if you want to watch an interview we did with founder, Diane Cook, on the value of PD SELF, you can do that here.