Living Alone with Parkinson’s
Many people with Parkinson’s may not reside with a spouse acting as a care partner or have children or other family members nearby who can help. When you live alone, staying informed, being engaged in your own health, and remaining connected to your friends and community become even more critical. There are numerous ways to stay connected and involved, create a safe living environment for yourself, find the help you may need, and more. Here, we’ll take a close look at strategies on living well with Parkinson’s when you live alone.
Living Alone with Parkinson’s Panel
Living alone while living with Parkinson’s can be a blessing or a curse. Some people love their independence and love being able to direct their days all on their own. For some, not having a live-in care partner, family member, or roommate is lonely and a hardship. During this webinar, five people who are living alone with Parkinson’s share their stories and offer ideas and advice on how to live alone and well with Parkinson’s.
Living Alone with Parkinson’s: Advice from Ambassador Julie Fitzgerald
“Singles with Parkinson’s are people who don’t have a care partner who lives with them. There are a lot of us. Some singles have been on their own for some time, while others have lost care partners as a result of divorce, the death of a partner, or many other life circumstances. Just when you thought life couldn’t throw any more curveballs, you find yourself facing Parkinson’s alone…without a safety net.” So, how do you cope and live well with Parkinson’s without a care partner? Davis Phinney Foundation Ambassador Julie Fitzgerald has given this a lot of thought and in this post, she shares her suggestions.
How Can Occupational Therapy Help Me Optimize My Environment for Parkinson’s?
When you’re living alone with Parkinson’s, it’s critical that you create a safe environment for yourself. An occupational therapist (OT) can help you do just that. Learn how in this article by Amanda Craig, a licensed OT from Boise, ID.
Stay Connected with Living Alone
Just because you’re living alone with Parkinson’s doesn’t mean you’re alone on your journey. Reach out to one of our Ambassadors to talk with someone who truly gets you and to learn about Parkinson’s events, groups, and opportunities to help you live well.
Connect with an Ambassador
Our Ambassadors connect with individuals and families looking for support and community to help them live well with Parkinson’s. Ambassadors are available to speak with you through email, phone, video conference, and in-person.