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ParkinsonLink: Honoring the Care Partners Who Make a Difference

This November, during National Family Caregivers Month, join us in honoring the care partners who make a difference in the lives of people with Parkinson’s.

Honoring the Care Partners Who Make a Difference

While PDF estimates that there are nearly one million Americans living with Parkinson's disease, "the truth is that there are millions more because the whole family also lives with the disease," said PDF Research Advocate Beth Ann Chard, whose husband and fellow advocate Gary was diagnosed four years ago.

As you well know, care partners and family members of people with Parkinson’s disease often take on additional responsibilities. In the case of the Chards and many other families, the care partner also gets involved in the fight against the disease.

So how can you make a difference in your own life or that of a care partner? Here are some tips this November, which can also be found on our website at www.pdf.org/caregivers_month:

Join the Online Seminar

Join our annual online/telephone seminar in recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, on Tuesday, November 20 at 1:00 PM ET led by Julie H. Carter, R.N., M.S., A.N.P., of Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. It will focus on ways to identify and reduce care partner stress. It is available live and later, as a recording on PDF's website. Free CEUs are available for some health care professionals via PDF's sponsorship of the American Society on Aging. Additional promotion is provided through PDF’s media partner, National Family Caregivers Association.
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Call PDF's National HelpLine

Speak live with an Information Specialist who can provide a sympathetic ear, answer questions about Parkinson's, and refer you to local specialists, support groups and resources. Callers can also request a free copy of the Parkinson's Disease Resource List, which includes a special section for care partners. The HelpLine is available from Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM ET - 5:00 PM ET at (800) 457-6676 or via email info@pdf.org.
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Get Involved

Get your family involved with PDF. Whether you want to raise awareness, raise funds, or speed treatments, PDF will provide the tools to make it easier to make a difference. For example, to get involved in the PAIR program with Mr. and Mrs. Chard, simply visit www.pdf.org/pair to take our free online course, any time of day that's convenient for you.
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Send an eCard to a Care Partner

Pay tribute to a care partner in your life by sending a free inspirational eCard, designed by a member of PDF's Creativity and Parkinson's Project.
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This PD ExpertBriefing has been made possible by educational grants from Abbott Laboratories and Teva Neuroscience.


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If you have or believe you have Parkinson’s disease, then promptly consult a physician and follow your physician’s advice. This email is not a substitute for a physician’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease or for a physician’s prescription of drugs, treatment or operations for Parkinson’s.