National Family Caregivers Month

Message from Leslie, member, PDF People with Parkinson's Advisory Council

More than 15 years ago, I helped to care for my late mother-in-law who lived with Parkinson’s. Today, my husband Steve lives with young onset Parkinson’s disease.

As someone whose family has been touched by Parkinson’s twice, I know that this disease can be life-changing for care partners. For example, often care partners are so focused on supporting our loved ones that our own needs go unaddressed. The good news is that PDF is here to make sure that doesn’t happen.

This November, during National Family Caregivers Month, I urge you to turn to PDF for information, support and resources to help ease your journey.

Here’s how to find us:

  • Stay Informed: take advantage of our library of educational materials, including online seminars such as, “Coping Skills for Care Partners,” and “Cognitive Issues: Advice for Parkinson's Care Partners,” and fact sheets such as, “The PD Partnership: Tips for People with PD and Care Partners.”
  • Find Support: contact the PDF HelpLine for help finding resources in your community, where available. Reach us at (800) 457-6676 or Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET. For non-English speaking callers, interpreters are available in more than 200 languages.

As we all know, a diagnosis of Parkinson’s affects the entire family.

I’m working with PDF to make sure that families like yours and mine know about the wonderful resources that are available to support us. PDF is the place where Steve and I turn when we have questions. I hope you will too.


Leslie Peters, Colorado Springs, CO
Member, PDF People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council

P.S. Would you like to let a care partner know you’re thinking of them? Send one of our beautiful eCards, available here, featuring artwork created by people living with Parkinson’s disease, by making a donation in his or her honor.