Cognition and Emotion
Our thoughts and mood contribute so much to how we feel, perceive our world around us, and our experience with Parkinson’s. In fact, cognitive function and depression are significant contributors to quality of life for persons with Parkinson’s. Together these problems can affect quality of life as much or even more than movement problems. Mood problems affect the longterm changes of Parkinson's since it changes how you manage, adapt and take control of your disease.
Depression can also be a significant problem for care partners and contribute to caregiver burnout.
Don't forget about your cognitive and behavioral health as it is so important to our feelings of wellness. Learn about these problems. Share and discuss what you have learned with your loved ones. Ask for help if needed. This section explores important steps toward emotional healing and maintaining healthy cognitive function as we age.