In recognition of November as National Family Caregivers Month
Providing care to a loved one with Parkinson's can be a difficult and challenging job, but there are places to turn for help and ways to help yourself. Most importantly you are not alone. Join PDF and Ms. Carter online for our third annual PD ExpertBriefing focused on the needs of care partners and families, "Coping Skills for Parkinson's Care Partners."
- Identify common challenges faced by Parkinson’s family care partners.
- Identify your own warning signs of stress.
- Identify strategies to relieve strain and prevent the detrimental impact of long term caregiving.
During her career, Ms. Carter has been dedicated to improving the lives of people and their families who have Parkinson’s disease by developing a model of family centered interdisciplinary care for the PCO and by developing many innovative patient and family programs. She previously served as Director of Clinical Research for the PCO and Movement Disorders Program for 11 years.
She has been the primary investigator on numerous multicenter clinical trials, with her investigator-initiated research most notable in the area of family caregiving and Parkinson’s disease. Early in her career, she recognized how important families are in the delivery of care to people living with chronic degenerative disease. She also recognized how stressful chronic illness is for families and how few resources were available to them at the time. This inspired research to look at caregiver strain across stages of disease as well as predictors of caregiver strain longitudinally. Her other clinically relevant research topics are how best to deliver the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease as well as collaborative work with Betsy Goy, Ph.D., and Linda Ganzini, M.D., M.P.H., to examine the caregivers’ perception of palliative care needs of people with Parkinson’s disease at end-of-life.
Ms. Carter received her Bachelors and Masters degrees at OHSU.