Many people often say that Parkinson's disease (PD) affects more than the person living with the disease - it affects the entire family. A care partner to a person with Parkinson's disease - whether a spouse, a child, a parent or a friend - can experience significant life changes when caring for a loved one living with PD. In this one-hour PD ExpertBriefing, Dr. Habermann explores strategies to ensure the caregiver takes care of him or herself, which she says will also benefit the person with PD. Read more below about this event or register today online or by calling (800) 457-6676. This event is part of PDF's recognition of National Family Caregivers Month.
- Explore common emotional responses that Parkinson’s care partners may experience.
- Discuss signs of depression in the person with Parkinson’s and the care partner.
- Point to specific areas where the care partner may require help or assistance.
- Identify resources available to care partners.
Dr. Habermann is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Indiana University-Indianapolis. She received her B.S.N. from University of San Francisco, her M.N, with a specialty in neuroscience nursing, from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Habermann also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington with a focus on family and caregiving. She worked as an advanced practice nurse for several years in Neurology and was the coordinator of a designated Parkinson’s Center.
Dr. Habermann has been conducting research with people with Parkinson’s and their family members aimed at improving the quality of life for 15 years.