Healthy Living

What Not to Say to Someone with Parkinson's Disease

Never Assume What a Patient is Troubled With

It might seem insensitive to ask how someone with PD is doing, but assuming what a patient is troubled with can be even more insensitive overall. Unless a relationship has been established on that personal of a level where someone with PD is fine being asked about their day to day management and personal feelings, keeping comments and questions to oneself is advisable. Those with PD only want to be treated as equals, while having the condition understood without judgment. While the term 'disease' may also be viewed as offensive and triggering for some, numerous foundations continue to use the word. This remains up to a case by case basis. If the terms 'disease and 'suffering' are viewed as offensive by an individual, respecting their wishes is important.