"You know I don’t eat in public,” Pat Merryman said to Wanda Patton, who are both heavily involved in the Columbus, OH, Parkinson’s disease (PD) community. They know people in every exercise class and attend every educational program. Pat keeps the Parkinson’s Foundation Ohio program manager’s business card with her to hand them out at every event she attends.
Research from the National Alliance for Caregiving shows that when caregivers are asked what they want, the majority respond saying they want information about coping with being a caregiver. This information takes several forms, including knowledge about Parkinson’s disease (PD), comfort with the caregiving role and managing stress.
The following tips can help you cope:
Learning to take the best care of yourself is caregiver job #1. When you’re a Parkinson’s disease (PD) caregiver, life seems like an endless list of things to do with never enough time to do them. Every day can feel like it goes by in 10 minutes — and lasts two weeks.
Learning how to take care of yourself early in your journey as a Parkinson’s disease (PD) caregiver is more important than you might think. If you’re feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, too stressed to think clearly, then you can’t be at your best, as a person or caregiver.
This quick starter guide for families and caregivers is from Honor. Every person with Parkinson’s disease (PD) is unique — and so is every caregiver. With the right preparation, planning and support, you can do this!
My big sister, Janet Reno, died on November 7, 2016. She lived with Parkinson's disease for 21 ½ years. I have walked that road by her side, but we have not walked that road alone.
It takes a village.
Everyone’s Parkinson's journey is different. Since it is age related, most people die of something else. There is no point dwelling on the last chapter if you are not going to get there.
In all our programs, the Parkinson's Foundation aims to make life better for people affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD). Parkinson's not only affects the person who receives the diagnosis — it extends to that person’s family, friends and community. While we pride ourselves on the high quality information and resources we provide for people with Parkinson’s, we also recognize that caregivers need support.
As a caregiver, what areas of your life can you improve? Take this quiz to narrow it down. Monitor how your risk factors change over time by taking this quiz every few months. Share your results with family and friends so they can better understand the scope of caregiving.
It is difficult to provide broad, yet helpful occupational therapy tips for Parkinson’s disease (PD). As the saying goes, “When you have met one person with Parkinson’s disease, you have met one person with Parkinson’s disease.” The best tip I can give you as an occupational therapist is to find and regularly see an occupational therapist in your area who specializes in skilled therapy treatment for people with Parkinson’s.
My 35-year-old husband has young-onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD). It sucks. I’m often asked, “How’s Todd?” or “How’s your husband’s health?” or “Is Todd staying healthy?” Thank you for asking about my husband. I’m happy to say he’s doing pretty darn good, considering he has a progressive neurological disease and we don’t know what the future holds.