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IS ANYONE WITH PD ON A PHYSICALLY DEMANDING JOB

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otolorin    28

Hi, anyone/everyone who has a physically demanding job with PD,please  give your insights as regards how you are managIng to cope.on the job.My temporary disability insurance is running out,and I have not been assured of any type of accommodation on my job,when I informed my manager about my PD status.In fact,my boss doubted how I will be able to cope,while dealing with PD symptoms.I have not been fired either.I have always been a conscientious worker before my diagnosis.My other thought is switching to a less demanding job,but,that will mean a reduction in my income.Might consider switching career,but that would mean going back to school.And future cognitive decline is unpredictable.Please share your experiences,if any.How easy is it,applying for a new job/career,when you have PD?Do you have to inform your new employer about your PD status? I will appreciate your contributions.To some extent my symptoms are controlled by medication and exercise and don't want to retire early yet.

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Dancing Bear    78

Sorry you are in such a predicament. Without knowing your age, what type of work you are doing, how close you are to retiring etc I can only contribute initial thoughts. I am in the boat of having PD and close to retirement.

- If you have difficulty doing current job is there a less demanding position in same company to move internally?

-Avoid being fired for so many reasons. Would rather leave with a letter of recommendation.

-Do you have inclination and resources  to start your own small business?

-cognitive decline has steered me away from school as well but could probably handle short term education like real estate agent certification / licensing etc.

Not sure this helps but may spur ideas.

DB

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otolorin    28

Thanks Dancing Bear,I  am not near retirement age yet,just in my early fifties.I work in the rehab settings,job involves,lots of driving,standing,bending,lifting.I am considering starting own business,,but not sure if It will sustain my economy,especially when it is a new career.My job is highly specialised and my boss would not even think of considering a less demanding position ,which I am not qualified for.Will figure a way out eventually.I just want to joggle opinions on this forum,before I make a decision.

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Linda Garren    736

Hello,Oto. This just came in from the Phinney Foundation, and I don't know if it will help you or not since it is not directly addressing a heavy work-load situation, but perhaps it may contain something else that may be of help:

https://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/blog/working-full-time-with-yopd/?utm_source=NEW+Master+List+(simplified+segments)&utm_campaign=a4eada5d02-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d7445ab902-a4eada5d02-181252509

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Linda Garren    736
1 hour ago, otolorin said:

Thanks Linda,I got some useful information.Keep doing the good work.

I'm so glad you found some useful information!  :-)

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afroney    124

I was able to continue to work for about 6 years after diagnosis.

One of my last jobs was very physically demanding.  120 degree heat in the summer, 10+ miles a day of walking, and plenty of lifting, crouching, and climbing.  I was able to secure several accommodations, including an air conditioned space to do computer work, a golf cart to drive around the plant, and a long lunch for short naps.  The ADA requires most companies to accommodate disability, so dont be afraid to push back if your employer hassles you (and the company falls under ADA laws, some don't)

As my PD advanced, I took office work.  Not sure if this is a option for you.  I'd still be working, if I wasn't battling long term complications from bowel surgery and a nasty infection.

If you are covered under your employers long term disability plan, consider it.  Mine pays 70% of my income until 67.  I had to make some lifestyle adjustments, financially, but I'm a much healthier and happier person not working now.

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