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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Not over Yet: Enjoying Retirement with Parkinson's Disease

Cindy Cummings

The Golden Globe winner Michael J. Fox recently said that optimism is sustainable when you keep coming back to gratitude, and what follows from that is acceptance. Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinsonís disease at the age of 29, said these words in reference to him getting ready to retire from actingóa sort of ďsecond retirementĒ. Retirement is supposed to be an exciting phase of life, but how can you enjoy it when you have a serious condition like Parkinsonís?

Determine the Cause of Your Diagnosis

First of all, determining the cause of your condition is a good stepping stone to build your retirement plans. Experts postulate that Parkinsonís Disease is likely a combination of genetic and environmental factors. A 17-year study by NIEHS found links between Parkinson's disease and certain pesticides like paraquat, maneb, benomyl, and several others. If you find that your condition was caused by organophosphate pesticides, you can look into filing a Paraquat lawsuit. Determining if you have a legal avenue to pursue can help you consider what other options you may have.

Sort Your Finances and Estate

Parkinsonís is a condition that will need medication and treatments. In the US, medication can cost an average of $2,500 per year, and therapeutic surgery can cost you upwards of $100,000, according to Parkinsonís Foundation. Over time, these costs can stack so it is crucial that you have a clear financial plan before you enter into retirement. It is recommended that you consult with an organization that focuses on Parkinsonís after you have been diagnosed so they can help give you a complete breakdown of what to expect in terms of cost and how lifestyles can be managed. It would also be wise to consult with a lawyer regarding your estate so your wishes can be legally upheld. Taking care of these early on will put you in a better financial standing so you may enjoy your retirement fully.


Make More Meaningful Connections

A good way for you to make the most of your retirement is by reaching out and creating more meaningful relationships and connections through some of the best support groups. While family and friends mean well, understanding the fears and emotional needs that you have may be a bit beyond them. Some of the better groups for peer-to-peer support are NeuroTalk and PatientsLikeMe. It is important to remember that finding a support group takes courage and some trial-and-error, but it can be wholly rewarding. The connections that you can make with other people who wholly understand the condition you share hits on a deeper level. Youíll also be able to get more leads on activities that can enrich your retirement years.

Your retirement years may be a bit more challenging than most, but it is still entirely possible to enjoy it with careful planning. Having a solid support system in place can also help you navigate the different stumbling blocks that may mar what should be your peaceful autumn years. Ultimately, flexibility is a must, so you can adjust your plans according to your needs.


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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurerís Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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