This recently published research article in the journal Nature demonstrates the importance of “belonging” to a social network, such as a support group, if you have Parkinson’s Disease (PD). This is especially true during the pandemic of isolation within the larger pandemic of COVID-19. The data suggest that people who have regular opportunities for socialization do better with PD, and that it is “neuroprotective,” just like exercise. No doubt this applies to us all — whether we have PD or not!
Nature: Synergy of pandemics-social isolation is associated with worsened Parkinson severity and quality of life