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Caring for a Person with Late Stage Parkinsonís

Originally presented on November 22, 2011
Presented by Joan Gardner, R.N., B.S.N., and Rose Wichmann, P.T.

What can you expect as Parkinson’s progresses to its advanced stages?  How can you and your loved one living with Parkinson’s prepare for the challenges it presents? 

To help answer these questions and to recognize National Family Caregiver Month 2011 (November), PDF offers this annual online seminar designed for care partners of people living with Parkinson’s. Listen in as Joan Gardner, R.N., B.S.N. and Rose Wichmann, P.T., of the Struthers Parkinson's Center in Minneapolis, MN, present a one-hour seminar on the topic. 

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Goals for Participants:

  • Recognize the importance of education and training to optimize care partner health and well-being.
  • Identify how the use of adaptive equipment and appropriate cues make daily life easier.
  • Be able to list suggestions for promoting safety, dignity and quality of life for those with advanced stage Parkinson's.


Joan Gardner Rose Wichmann

Joan Gardner, R.N., B.S.N., and Rose Wichmann, P.T.

Joan Gardner, R.N., B.S.N., is a registered nurse and clinic supervisor of the Struthers Parkinson's Center in Minneapolis MN, coordinating the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Center of Excellence at this location.  Rose Wichmann P.T., is a physical therapist and manager of Struthers Parkinson's Center. The center is recognized nationally for its interdisciplinary team approach to management of Parkinson's disease.

Together, Ms. Gardner and Ms. Wichmann co-authored "Managing Advanced Parkinson's Disease,” distributed nationally by NPF. They also developed the TULIPS program, a Parkinson’s training toolkit designed for use by senior residential facilities. Both Mrs. Gardner and Ms. Wichmann are faculty members of NPF’s Allied Team Training for Parkinson's program. They continue to work on programs and services designed to enhance and improve care for those with Parkinson's and their family care partners.


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