Friends & Family
Socialization can be as easy as turning to friends and family. You are not alone in your Parkinson's. Friends and family are still there for you. They’ll refer to you by that crazy nickname that you've always hated and can still laugh at all those inside jokes. No stronger “support” group exists.
If you deal with tremor or slurred speech, it’s likely that you don’t enjoy interacting with others. Don’t get stuck in that mindset. People aren’t discussing Parkinson’s as much as they could be. Get up, get out there, and start talking about PD in your community! Educate others.
A great way to socialize is to find a PD community you are comfortable in and get together often. It might be via specialized classes or just new friends from a support group. Such gatherings can make you feel active, connected, and empowered in a strong and welcoming community.
Time to Tell
Tell your spouse or next of kin first – the person you care for most. Talk to them about being your care partner. Take the time you need to tell the rest of your friends and family that you have Parkinson’s. Your friends and family will want to help you navigate this journey, because now it’s their journey, too.