Friendships can become invaluable

I always have been a bit of a loner who had a few good friends and lots of acquaintances. I have enjoyed having friends and definitely have valued them. I also probably took them for granted. I guess that’s what you do when you are young. Well, as you can...

Preventing Caregiver Burnout

In a recent column, I discussed the stages of caregiver burnout to help us recognize if we experience these feelings. Caregiver burnout is very common, and we need to pay attention to where we are so we can try to prevent the next more serious stage of caregiver...

Can we find any humor in what we do?

The correct answer is – we had better!! Good humor is the health of the soul, and it certainly can make our lives more enjoyable. It’s sometimes hard to find things to laugh about in caregiving, isn’t it, especially if our loved one has advanced disease or...

Hospitalization and Parkinson’s disease

Stan had back surgery – a ‘laminectomy’ to relieve the extreme pain he had been having in his hip and leg. The pain had prevented him from walking at all for several months, so we decided it was time to do something about it. Our neurologist and internist...

Are you still trying to develop a positive attitude?

Last month we began a discussion about how important having a positive attitude is to being a good caregiver – and feeling good about yourself. Remember, life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it. That may be a hard concept to...

I hope you haven’t been freaked out!

I have been thinking about the recent columns I have written and realized that they are reflective of the difficult times Stan and I are facing now that the disease has progressed so much – approaching 21 years. I am imagining that caregivers who are new,...

Are You Ever Afraid?

I know fear must be a common component of caregiving. There are so many unknowns that we face in dealing with a chronic disease. We don’t know what the future holds for our loved one and ourselves, nor do we know how things will be in one year, five years, or at...

Caregiver’s Bill of Rights

Last month, I incorporated the “Caregiver’s Bible” into my column. This month I’d like to take a look at the “Caregiver’s Bill of Rights,” whose author is also unknown, but has also been in many caregiver publications. I...

The Parkinson’s way

“There are moments when everything goes well. Don’t be frightened. It won’t last.” That’s where I am right now. Everything is stable and going pretty well. Stan’s medications are managing the Parkinson’s well, and the addition...

Caregivers also ‘have’ Parkinson’s Disease

The longer I am a caregiver, the more I realize that it’s very important to understand yourself and what your needs are – what satisfies you – what kinds of behaviors make you angry – what makes you happy and thus more patient? Why is this important and...
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