Parkinson's disease

Alan - Interview 03

Male
Age at interview: 67
Age at diagnosis: 51

Brief outline: Diagnosed in 1992, Alan can't walk until he has taken his morning medication. He has ballroom dancing lessons once a week which keeps him fit and mobile.

Background: Married, 2 adult children, retired dental laboratory owner.

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Alan was diagnosed in 1992. He experiences severe mobility problems, tremor in his foot and hands and his speech is affected. Mostly this is controlled with medication but until his medication takes affect in the morning, he can’t walk. He takes Madopar three times a day. Stress affects how well the medication controls his symptoms and he tries not to get too stressed by things. 

 

He took early retirement because he was commuting to London and had a lot of face to face contact with people, which was becoming more difficult. He does his best to fill his days with dancing, learning to paint, building models and walking but he misses his job. He advises others to keep active and interested in life. He goes to ballroom dancing lessons once a week, which he finds is good exercise and he enjoys.

 

He got a council grant which paid for most of the costs involved in having a downstairs wet room built and a stairlift. He paid for an armchair and a bed riser.  He has disability living allowance which helps financially, but took a while to get arranged.

 

He sees his consultant privately once a year, which enables him to have up to an hour to talk with him about his symptoms.

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