Dec 13, 2022
The news of a Parkinson’s diagnosis can be overwhelming. So many questions arise, including how it will change the person’s life, what lies ahead, and what to do first. Social workers can be a vital resource in helping a newly diagnosed person, care partner, and family navigate the road ahead, as well as provide ongoing support through the course of the disease. They are the health professionals who know and can coordinate many of the most helpful resources. Or as social worker Lance Wilson, LSW, C-SWHC, ASW-G, the education outreach coordinator for the Jefferson Health Comprehensive Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center in Philadelphia, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, puts it, social workers are the Yellow Pages for health care, tying people into the resources they need. He says social workers can help put people’s minds at ease by assessing their needs and lining up professionals who can provide medical, mental health, spiritual services, and more.