The Stress of Caregiving

Taking care of a loved one is one of the most stressful experiences we may ever have. There are many factors that can be involved in causing stress in a caregiver. Feelings such as anxiety, isolation, frustration, and guilt, fears for the future, and an unexpected and...

Depression, Part 2

In my initial column on depression in caregivers, I focused more on the ups and downs of dealing with Parkinson’s Disease, the ‘blues’. It is very common when dealing with chronic illness to have good days and bad days, days when we seem to function...

Depression, Part 1

Does it surprise you to know that caregivers have very high rates of depression? Not me, because I’m sure I am one of them. My guess is that most of us have, are, or will experience depressive symptoms at some time. As the disease progresses we may be dealing...

How Do I do This?

When we get married as young adults, we have wonderful, limitless expectations for our life ahead with the person that we love. We have dreams, and hopes, none of which include our loved one being diagnosed with a progressive neurological disease. At first we are able...

Give Me Patience – But I Need it Right Now

During the course of any day, we as caregivers encounter many situations that require us to exercise more patience than we think we have. It might be as simple as waiting for our partners to finish a sentence, or changing our plans because their immediate medication...

It’s OK to Get Angry

Do you ever get angry? As caregivers, I think we all get angry at times and I believe that it’s okay. ‘Anger is a signal and one that is worth listening to. Our anger can be a message that we are being hurt, that our rights are being violated, that our...

Communication

Communication has been important to me since Stan’s initial diagnosis of PD. He is not a frequent talker, but I am convinced that what has allowed us to deal well with Parkinson’s disease is that from the beginning, we have made an effort to communicate...

In the Beginning

Our life with Parkinson’s Disease began in 1980. I’ll always remember because it had been the most stressful year of Stan’s life. He was commuting from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for another round...

Parkinson’s Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life

Guest commentary by Michael S. Okun, M.D. , National Medical Director, National Parkinson Foundation. The reason I wrote this Parkinson’s Treatment Book, was to reach as many people from as many cultures and languages worldwide and to arm them with 10 secrets...
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