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Dating and New Relationships after a Parkinson’s Diagnosis

Dating is challenging and complicated whether you have Parkinson’s or not. Single people are relatively unique in the Parkinson’s community, and dating and beginning new relationships with Parkinson’s as part of the equation come with distinct challenges, experiences, fears and joys. 

In this frank and funny podcast, people living with Parkinson’s and a care partner share their stories and lessons learned as they navigate finding a match. They discuss how they face considerations like building and maintaining confidence, disease disclosure, and the importance of understanding themselves and what they’re seeking in a romantic relationship. And they remind us all that no matter what we’re facing, dating and finding love can be fun and fulfilling. 

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Rebecca (Becca) Miller, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, MJFF Patient Council member, leads a discussion with panelists: 

  • Steve Stryker, diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2016, lives in Salem, OR 

  • Susi Enderich, began dating Steve in 2020, married him in November 2023 

  • Peter Jarvis, single and dating in Vancouver, Canada, diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2017 

View a transcript of this podcast.  

Whether you’ve been newly diagnosed or have been living with Parkinson’s for many years, MJFF’s  Parkinson’s Buddy Network is a free, online platform that helps you find new connections, access educational resources and engage in important dialogue. Join our community today.  

The Foundation’s landmark study, the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative, also known as PPMI, is recruiting volunteers. Join the study that’s changing everything.   

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