[Webinar Recording] Social Connections and Parkinson’s


Social isolation is a rising concern in the general population, but it is even more common for those who also live with chronic illnesses such as Parkinson’s. The psychological and physical effects of social isolation can be severe. It can exacerbate your motor and non-motor symptoms, put you at risk for developing other health problems, increase your chances of experiencing depression and anxiety, accelerate cognitive decline, and decrease your quality of life.

In this webinar, Dr. Al Condeluci discussed:

  • The key concepts and importance of social capital
  • The difference between social isolation and loneliness
  • The biology of social isolation
  • What causes people to lose their social capital
  • How to create meaningful social connections even during a global pandemic

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To download the transcript, click here.
Note: This is not a flawless transcript. We use a service that creates them for us quickly so that we can make it available as soon as possible to those who have difficultly hearing. 

Concepts Mentioned in this Webinar & Further Reading

Dr. Al Condeluci
UCLA Loneliness Scale
Cigna Loneliness Study
ANCOR – 2020 Annual Conference
How to Reduce Social Isolation While Living with Parkinson’s
How to Practice Social Distancing Without Losing Your Connections
The Holy Grail of Living Well with Parkinson’s
Social Capital and the Value of Relationships in Parkinson’s


Don’t forget to register for our upcoming webinars. We cover a range of topics pertinent to the Parkinson’s community, so be sure to tune in to get more information and have your questions answered by the experts. Plus, in case you can’t make it live, we will provide a recording to everyone who registers.

Visit our full webinar calendar so you can see past events, see everything that’s coming up, and mark your calendars.

Please email your questions about webinar topics to Melani at blog@dpf.org.

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