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Financial planning  can be challenging when your wage-earning ability is interrupted. This provides all the more reason to develop a workable financial plan early and stick to it. Taking a big picture approach will help you to move forward in spite of life’s challenges.

Social Security Disability

Parkinson’s disease is a covered benefit under social security security laws. If you qualify for Medicare, be sure to read about Medicare criteria and Parkinson’s disease.

What type of long term care will I need?

Long term care is an important part of financial planning, regardless of age or health status. There are many options for long term care, so be sure to look into it early and often.

Disability Insurance

If you purchased disability insurance prior to diagnosis, you can pat yourself on the back. Check out what special circumstances to be aware of if you have Parkinson’s disease.

Senior Fraud

Scammed. It’s the word no family caregiver wants to hear when it comes to a senior loved one. The growing incidence of senior scams is putting many older adults in harm’s way; threatening to strip them of their assets, their independence and their trust. Click here for a Senior Fraud Protection Kit.


You may look for legal assistance with employment, disability benefits, long term care planning or planning advanced directives, such as a living will, medical durable power of attorney or power of attorney documents. When selecting a lawyer, make sure they are well versed in issues dealing with illness and disability.

The Parkinson Disease Foundation offers tips on navigating the legal issues which individuals living with Parkinson's disease face.

The Parkinson Disease Foundation has provided a one hour online seminar to watch with tips on navigating the legal issues people living with Parkinson’s disease typically experience.

Additional Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act Employment Pocket Toolkit

Social Security Disabilities Attorneys 

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Following are helpful checklists and tools for making the most of your medical appointment.

When To Visit your Neurologist

Most people with Parkinson’s are advised to see their doctor every three to six months; especially if they are taking anti-Parkinson’s medications. If a person is experiencing problems with his or her condition or its treatment, more frequent visits may be warranted.

Learn more about finding the right neurologist.

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It is estimated that 25-35% of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s are still in the workforce. Some continue full or part-time work for many years. While the diagnosis of Parkinson’s doesn’t necessarily call for early retirement, it does require that you look at how you can best do your job and minimize work-related stress

In looking at how you do your job, consider the following:

  • Make an outline of your overall responsibilities
  • Break each area down into specific tasks
  • Consider whether or not your symptoms will interfere with your ability to carry out each task
  • Look for other ways of doing things
  • Create a schedule that enables you to address difficult or challenging tasks during your peak performance periods
  • Set aside specific hours for time-consuming efforts like writing reports

The issue of when and what to tell your employer is very much a personal decision depending upon your condition and personality as well as your employment situation. In many states, it is a legal requirement for employers to accommodate a person with a disability. 

Here are some things to consider:

  • Can you keep your symptoms from your employer?
  • Are you working on a project that you want to finish before telling your employer?
  • Should you tell your employer so that they have adequate time to plan how to accommodate you in the work place?

Find out more info by clicking here:
Employment Fact Sheet
Americans with Disabilities Act Employment Pocket Toolkit

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Finding the right doctor is an important part of your treatment. If at all possible, make an appointment with a movement disorder specialist. A movement disorder specialist is a neurologist who has taken additional training in the subspecialty of neurology called movement disorders. Movement disorder specialists may also be involved in research and/or teaching in addition to their clinical concerns. Such professionals typically follow a greater number of patients with Parkinson’s disease and are generally more experienced in the use of the various medications and other treatments then general neurologists, internists or general practitioners.

Is your doctor right for you?

The first step is finding a qualified physician. The second is considering whether the physician is the right one. You should feel comfortable in this relationship and feel that it is a good “match”. Consider these questions:

  • Are you comfortable speaking with your physician?
  • Do you feel respected by your doctor?
  • Are questions answered to your satisfaction?
  • Do you feel that your concerns have been taken seriously?
  • Can you get in touch with the doctor between visits?
  • Ask your physician, “how long should I expect to wait for a return phone call?”
  • Does your physician have a backup physician in lieu of his/her absence?

Find your Movement Disorder Specialist:

Find a general neurologist Click here to view a complete list of general neurologists in Colorado and Wyoming.

Definitions of Parkinson’s disease specialists:

Neurologist: A doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the nervous system.

Neuropsychologist: A psychologist who specializes in studying brain behavior relationships.

Neurosurgeon: A surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with injuries and diseases of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves.

Learn more about visiting your neurologist.

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