EDUCATE YOURSELF

The best person to care and treat your Parkinson's is you. Find out as much as you can about the disease and be an advocate for yourself.

Read. There are many good books and publications about Parkinson disease. The Wisconsin Parkinson Association has a free lending library which you can visit in person or, via phone, order books and publications about Parkinson's. WPA staff is available to help! Call (414) 312-6990 for assistance. Click here for a list of the WPA's current books and DVDs for borrowing.

Attend workshops and conferences about Parkinson disease. There are several free or low-cost education events in Wisconsin where you can find out the most recent and best information for your care.

Join a support group. There are nearly 100 support groups in Wisconsin and adjoining states. These groups meet monthly and provide support and education about Parkinson's in a non-medical setting.

Be careful with the Internet. There is a lot of good information on the Internet, but there is also a lot of misinformation that can confuse you. Try to limit your searches to reputable sites that you have been referred to. For general information, 
there are a number of Parkinson's organizations you can access, including the Wisconsin Parkinson Association. For information on the latest medical research, visit PubMed.gov. If you are interested in participating in clinical trials, visit ClinicalTrials.gov