Challenge Your Parkinson's Symptoms

Focus your attention and consciously control your habitual activities.

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Resilience Is Coping Power.

Resilience is a learned skill.

Resilience may seem unnecessary after you take your dose of dopamine replacement therapy (DRT). So now is a good time to begin focusing on areas not helped by the drugs: balance, breathing, swallowing, or heart rate to name a few; areas that safely maintain your normal daily life and keep you independent.

Resilience - the strength to cope!

  • Your resilience affects your Parkinson's symptoms.
    • Shamaskin-Garroway, A.M., Lageman, S.K., Rybarczyk, B., (2015).
    • The roles of resilience and nonmotor symptoms in adjustment to Parkinson's disease.
    • Journal of Health Psychology.
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  • Resilience is not affected by the severity of PD.
    • Robottom, B.J., Gruber-Baldini, A.L., Anderson, K.E., Reich, S.G., Fishman, P.S., Weiner, W.J., et al. (2012).
    • What determines resilience in patients with Parkinson's disease?
    • Parkinsonism and Related Disorders.
    • 18(2):174-177.
    • [PubMed]
  • Disability and quality of life may affect your resilience.
  • An optimistic personality is a definite plus factor in resilience.

The short answer: YES!

  • Protect your brain: with exercise, cognitive challenge, and successful brain aging practice.
    • Rothman, S.M. and Mattson, M.P. (2013).
    • Activity-dependent, stress-responsive BDNF signaling and the quest for optimal brain health and resilience throughout the lifespan.
    • Neuroscience.
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    • Rodrigues de Paula, F., Teixeira-Salmela, L.F., Coelho de Morais Faria, C.D., Rocha de Brito, P., and Cardoso, F. (2006).
    • Impact of an exercise program on physical, emotional, and social aspects of quality of life of individuals with Parkinson's disease.
    • Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society.
    • 21(8):1073-7.
    • [PubMed]
    • Soundy, A., Stubbs, B., and Roskell, C. (2014).
    • The experience of Parkinson's disease: a systematic review and meta-ethnography.
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    • Mora, F. and DPhil (Oxon). (2013).
    • Successful brain aging: plasticity, environmental enrichment, and lifestyle.
    • Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience.
    • 15:45-52
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  • Strengthen your social support.
    • Ozbay, F., Johnson, D.C., Dimoulas, E., Morgan, C.A., Charney, D., and Southwick, S. (2007).
    • Social support and resilience to stress: from neurobiology to clinical practice.
    • Psychiatry (Edgmont (Pa. : Township).
    • 4(5):35-40.
    • [PubMed]
  • Maintain your autonomy and control.
    • Giardini A1, Pierobon A, Callegari S, Bertotti G, Maffoni M, Frazzitta G. (2007).
    • Towards proactive active living: patients with Parkinson's disease experience of a multidisciplinary intensive rehabilitation treatment.
    • European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.
    • [Epub ahead of print]
    • [PubMed]

Here's a short list:

  1. Understand your core set of beliefs.
  2. Look for and pursue your life's purpose.
  3. Work to overcome those things that scare you about Parkinson's.
  4. Ask friends and fellow PWP for support
    • Kamenov, K., Cabello, M., Caballero, F.F., Cieza, A., Sabariego, C., Raggi, A., et al. (2016).
    • Factors Related to Social Support in Neurological and Mental Disorders.
    • PloS one [electronic resource]
    • 11(2):e0149356. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.
    • [PubMed]
    • Kang, M.Y., Ellis-Hill, C.. (2016).
    • How do people live life successfully with Parkinson's disease?
    • Journal of Clinical Nursing.
    • 24(15-16):2314-22.
    • [PubMed]
  5. Exercise within your capacity.
  6. Learn new things - keep your brain active.
  7. Mostly, accept yourself, your condition, as you are.