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Recognizing Parkinsonís Caregivers this November

Parkinson’s disease (PD) does not just affect the nearly one million people living with it, it affects millions more - the entire family and an extended community of friends and other loved ones.  That is why this November, PDF is an official endorser of National Family Caregivers Month

During this month, we recognize the contributions of care partners and family members of people with living with Parkinson's.  Whether you are a care partner, a family member or the person with PD, there are things you can do this November to honor care partners and ensure that they and their loved ones have the resources needed to live well with Parkinson's.

Here are few:

  • Learn to “Take Care of the Caregiver” with a PD ExpertBriefing:  On Tuesday, November 17 at 1:00 PM ET, Barbara Habermann, Ph.D., R.N., of Indiana University-Indianapolis, will lead How to Take Care of the Caregiver, the second in a free six-part educational series of PD ExpertBriefings.  You can join this event by watching online or by calling a toll-free number to listen in (this number will be provided at registration).
  • Read A Personal Story About a Parkinson's Care Partnership:  Rhona Johnson, member of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council (PPAC), wrote about her perspective as a care partner in an article entitled, The PD Partnership: Tips for People with PD and Their Care Partners.  Read this article or download it using the following link.  Download The PD Partnership. 
  • Find Resources for Care Partners: There are resources that exist specifically for care partners and family members – to guide you. Check out PDF’s online resource list, which includes resources around the country for care partners and family members.
  • Get Support: PDF keeps a listing of unpublished support groups.  Some welcome people with PD and caregivers and others focus specifically on caregiver needs.  Call us at (800) 457-6676 to find one or ask for one in your neighborhood, using our Ask the Expert online form.
  • Educate Yourself: Browse our Educational Materials to learn more about Parkinson’s disease so you and your partner are up-to-date about symptoms, medications and clinical trials.  Contact us to order in bulk for your support group, hospital or practice.
  • Support the Cure: Donate in honor of a loved one or learn about other ways that you can contribute. 

More questions about caregiving? Ask the Expert or call our helpline at (800) 457-6676.  Our staff can answer any question you may have, or refer you to someone who can.

About the Parkinson's Disease Foundation
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation is a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy.  Since its founding in 1957, PDF has funded over $80 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson's disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world and $30 million toward educational and support services. Learn more about what PDF is doing to fight Parkinson’s.

Source Date: Nov 06 2009