Every Parkinson’s experience is unique
It is important for you to be an active participant in managing the disease. Care partners can also be involved. Members of your care team might include some or all of the following:
- Neurologist: ideally a specialist in movement disorders who might make or confirm the diagnosis, decide on treatment, adjust medication
- Family doctor: ideally someone who is knowledgeable about Parkinson’s, to provide ongoing care, including annual physical exams
- Parkinson’s nurse specialist: many movement disorder specialists have a nurse who specializes in Parkinson’s. The nurse can provide information on how to manage your condition.
- Psychiatrist/psychologist: an expert in mental and emotional health issues such as depression, or cognitive abilities
- Physiotherapist: makes assessments with mobility, balance and posture; offers techniques on how to move safely; recommends sports or exercise programs
- Occupational therapist: makes assessments with living and working environment to ensure safety; suggests equipment or devices that can maintain independence
- Speech language pathologist: helps improve voice projection or swallowing difficulties
- Dietician: advises on how to plan a healthy diet and maintain ideal weight; helps with dietary issues caused by medications
- Social worker: advises on financial and family concerns; helps with accessing resources and services in your community
- Other professionals: pharmacists can provide information on medication, drug reimbursements plans; a urologist can help with urinary problems or sexual functioning for men.