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Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia

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VALCARENGHI, Rafaela Vivian et al. Parkinson’s disease: coping and coexistence. Rev. bras. geriatr. gerontol. [online]. 2019, vol.22, n.6, e190170.  Epub June 15, 2020. ISSN 1981-2256.


To know the ways of coping when living with Parkinson’s disease.


The methodological framework used was the Grounded Theory. Thirty people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease registered at the Parkinson Santa Catarina Association, SC, Brazil. participated in the in-depth interview. After the data coding process, five people with the disease validated the findings. Data collection took place between September 2013 to April 2014.


The categories that emerged were: Share activities with people with Parkinson’s disease; Have family support; Seek healthy living: activities for self-esteem and quality of life. Discussion: The study highlights the importance of family company in promoting patient stability and self-esteem, where family support helps in coping with the health condition.


It was possible to know the ways of coping to live with the disease, especially in sharing experiences with peers; family support, leisure activities, and lifestyle changes; Such characteristics are pertinent to the health care of people with neurodegenerative diseases.

Keywords : Parkinson Disease; Social Support; Nursing; Family; Qualitative Research.

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