prentonboy, welcome to the forum and this club that no one really wants to join!
As Jules77 acknowledged above, a diagnosis of Pd is quite a shock. It took me a few weeks to comprehend and accept it, I recall. Then I took my time telling friends and acquaintances. Although I shared the diagnosis with some family members immediately, I delayed telling others such personal news until I was sure I had become accustomed to the situation myself. Since I was diagnosed less than two months before my son's wedding, too, I waited till after that event to inform part of the family. (What a great way to enliven a wedding celebration!)
However, the good news from me is that my diagnosis was made many years ago. My first symptoms, which I did not recognise as Parkinson's, were in 1997. I have had the disease at least 19 years, and I am still living the same life as ever despite losing my husband (and proposed caregiver) about four years ago. But I manage my own household, travel often, play classical piano, practice Tai Chi, walk two to four miles each morning with friends, exercise on my elliptical, and take about 20 pills a day! I have been exceptionally lucky in responding well to medications without many side effects. The right combination of meds, lots of exercise, a healthful diet, and a positive attitude (to produce the best brain chemicals) are about all I can do for myself. Beyond that, luck takes over, I think.
I wish you the same good fortune I have had. For most of us, this disease is slow in progression. And because you are already 64, you may be in your 80's before you undergo really transformative symptoms. (I just turned 70 this year.) Best regards,