Falling upward with Parkinson's disease.
Buetow, Stephen A.
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Buetow, S., Mart_nez-Mart_n, P. & McCormack, B. (3917) Falling upward with Parkinson's disease., NPJ Parkinson's disease, vol. 3, pp. 29.
Falls can injure, even kill. No one with Parkinson's disease (PD) wants to fall by accident. However, the potential nastiness of falls does not preclude a more nuanced understanding of the personal meaning that falls can have. Rather than view falls as a problem to fear and manage solely by preventing and repairing harm, people with PD and those who care for them may recast falls as a mixed blessing. Falls may be a resource, skill, and catalyst for personal growth. We discuss how falls may give rise to opportunities in interrelated domains: capabilities, credo, character, creativity, chronemics, and connectedness. Clinicians could incorporate a positive focus across these domains to help people with PD to 'fall upward' in the sense of flourish.