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How can having Parkinson's disease affect communication?

Parkinson’s disease can affect communication in many ways. Your ability to speak can diminish because of the disease itself or because of the medications used to control your symptoms. It is important, though, that you talk for yourself whenever possible. Don’t get into the habit of letting others do all the talking for you. Have a discussion with your family and friends about your speech problems, and let them know ways they can help you. Encourage them to ask you to speak louder or ask for a repetition. Try not to be defensive when asked to repeat yourself. Staying calm will make it much easier for you to be heard and understood. If you are frustrated when a well-meaning family member attempts to fill in words when you pause in a sentence, let her know that you just need a little more time to finish and that you’d appreciate the chance to speak on your own. Set some ground rules about which approaches to communication work for you and which approaches you find less helpful. The important thing is not to let speech difficulties prevent you from communicating and participating in social activities.
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