As I was having a little browse through Channel Four's '4oD', I came across this short documentary about Vicki's experience of Parkinson's disease, and how she feels that the side effects of her medication have impacted on her behaviour and lifestyle choices. Vicki was diagnosed with Parkinson's before her 40th birthday, which makes her one of just 500 people diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's each year according to Parkinson's UK.
Vicki feels that the side effects of medication have had a big impact on her life, but the documentary mentions no other ways to help her manage Parkinson's. I suppose that as an OT to be, I was thinking something along the lines of developing coping strategies so that the individual is empowered to self-manage their condition as effectively as possible. Although I can only imagine the challenge of accepting that you have a long term condition at such a young age must make you want to pretend that this isn't happening and to forget about dealing with things.
Anyway, take a look and see what you think!
Sex, Lies and Parkinson's