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Social isolation and Parkinson’s

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s is a terrible shock and different people react in different ways. Some will begin to hide away and have less and less social interaction. The problems that can come with the illness, such as less mobility, a quieter voice or tiredness, make everything you do just a little bit more difficult. However, seeing friends, exercising and generally going out and about can really help.

Once I knew that I would be in Australia for 6 months helping with baby Henry I decided that I needed to have activities that I could do which would involve meeting new people and keeping reasonably fit. I was lucky enough to find a Dance for Parkinson’s class in Melbourne and have enjoyed meeting a new group of people all coping with similar problems to my own. I know how beneficial I have found my Pilates classes so have joined a mat class which is held just 10 minutes walk away; I seem to be the oldest there! A walking group meets locally and I walk with them once a week plus daily walks pushing the pram keeps things moving. I have been lucky enough to be invited to join a book club with a great group of local ladies; I just have to find time to read the books. The local library is very helpful and I have managed to borrow the chosen texts. Initially the first few meetings with each group have been quite nerve wracking but it has got easier and more enjoyable as time has passed. I have realised that I rely on others more than I used to and will need to be careful to be as independent as possible.

This month has seen the lovely daughter, Henry and myself head up to Sydney to introduce him to friends there and give us an idea of travelling with a baby. I am a nervous flyer and very anxious at airports so the lovely daughter had to cope with everything from prams to hiring a car, she did well. We spent a day in the city and pushed the baby through the Botanical Gardens, always a beautiful place to visit.

On Bronte beach, Sydney.

We also visited Palm Beach, a beautiful place where the television series “Home and Away” is filmed, simply stunning area. Filming was taking place while we were there.

Back in Melbourne for the last 6 weeks of my stay here. Baby Henry is now more than 4 kilos and delights us with chuckles and chats. Each week brings something new which is a privilege to see. Tiring, yes but worthwhile definitely!

Melbourne is warming up so I should have sunshine before joining winter in the UK


4 thoughts on “Social isolation and Parkinson’s

  1. We think you’ve done brilliantly. we’ve found that some people with Meniere’s have similar problems all too easy to sit back and let it all take over. Clearly you need to be determined and full of courage – well done you.. Looking forward to catching up in 2018, make the most of that Aussie sunshine!!

  2. What a lovely time you are all having. Guess it’s going to be a difficult farewell (ask me – I’ve been there!!) Is your daughter staying permanently in Aus?

  3. Elspeth, you are truly an inspiration to us all. Keep up the activities, meeting new people and exercising your brain as well as your body. What wonderful memories you are creating of Henry’s first few months.
    Frances x

  4. Hi , make the most of the sunshine , jolly chilly here. You are doing a wonderful job keeping fit and as always an inspiration. Looking forward to seeing the amiable husband soon and you in the New Year. Love Sue

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