Hi my name is Elaine and I was diagnosed with Parkinson's when I was 69 I am 71 (72 in January) after about 5 years of symptoms brushed off as old age etc. I am on levidopa-carbidopa and Ropinirole I do not have shakes/tremors which is what probably delayed my diagnosis ..... my walking is unsteady and I do fall a lot ...I cannot write at all and my speech is going down hill rapidly in spite of my speech therapy and exercises daily....if I had to rank all of my difficulties in a list of what I hate the most about this disease it would be
lose of speech along with facial expresssions
inability to walk without dragging my leg and looking like a drunk
and now some drooling
Parkinson's is the disease that keeps on giving
I go to a qi gong (Tai Chi) class 2 to 3 times a week ,walk on an elliptical machine, Physical therapy 2X week right now .... always trying to be active. My qi gong class also affords me to a social life which is so important to health as I get older we say we do Tai chi for an hour and then have Chai tea for two hours after class...going out for coffee/tea with the ladies in my class forces me to talk nd be part of the group...I have made friends which is important for me to do....
In my past life I worked as a Project Manager retiring from Xerox at 69 due to m speech lost and in-between careers I taught high school history, and geography.