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...

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...

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...

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...

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...