National Family Caregivers Month
As a caregiver to my husband Len, who lives with Parkinson’s, I know first-hand how the disease impacts loved ones, family and friends.
Many of you help loved ones with PD with medical appointments, prescriptions and errands. Some of you, like me, face tasks such as dressing and bathing a loved one, that test our physical strength and our relationships.
During November, National Family Caregivers Month, and all year long, PDF honors these contributions, and is here to lend support and provide resources. Here are a few ideas for you or someone in your care network:
- Tell us what you need: Are you a caregiver or a loved one to a person with Parkinson’s? We want to learn more about your journey, so we can better support it. We invite you to take our 10-question survey here. We’ll base future programs on your feedback.
- Get practical tips: Take advantage of our webinar on"Cognitive Issues: Advice for Parkinson's Care Partners," which provides tips for coping with the varied cognitive changes that may arise in PD and our library of online seminars designed just for care partners and loved ones.
- Read personal stories and share yours: How do you show you care? Read four real stories, from me and Len; Maria; Jane and Paul; and Greg and family, that show the integral role that family and friends play in PD and the diverse contributions of partners.
- Find support: Contact our HelpLine at (800) 457-6676 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get answers to your questions about PD, find caregiver resources and support groups, or to order educational materials.
In my experience, we start out as care partners and gradually become caregivers. The key to success is working together as partners, and accepting support along the way. PDF can help with that journey.
Elaine Casavant, R.N.
Member, PDF People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council