Doug was diagnosed 12 years ago at age 63. His primary symptoms were fatigue, exhaustion, diminished balance and rigidity. He had a slight tremor in his right foot. He noticed all of these symptoms come together when playing golf and he nearly fell on the golf course.
As a retired pharmacist, Doug was already familiar with Parkinson’s in contrast to many others of us. Carbidopa/Levodopa is the medicine that helps him the most. Things that are difficult for him: buckling his seat belt, standing in one place very long, and tying his shoes. He maintains an exercise program with Pilates, plus he and his wife Cheryl walk a lot every day. Doug also plays golf and kayaks.
If someone asks “What is Parkinson’s?” Doug will answer it is a movement disorder that can affect anything that moves in your body from eyelids to bladder to toes. It affects everyone differently. In his case this is a big nuisance. For Doug, the three things most important in fighting Parkinson’s are attitude, exercise and Carbidopa/Levodopa.
He and his wife enjoy boating, kayaking and the view from their living room right on the water of Lake Oswego.