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I care for someone who has Parkinson’s disease. What challenges am I likely to face?

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As a caregiver for someone who has Parkinson’s disease, you’re likely to face these challenges:

  • At times, your loved one will be very dependent. That can make a caregiver think the person is too demanding or manipulative. But this is a natural part of the disease.
  • While medications and surgery can relieve symptoms, they don’t stop Parkinson’s from getting worse.
  • Depression is part of the disease. Recognize the signs of it, and get prompt treatment, for your loved one and yourself.

SOURCES:

National Parkinson Foundation: "Caring for Someone with PD" and "For Those Who care For People With Parkinson's."

PDCaregiver.org: "Welcome to Care - for CareGivers of People with Parkinson's."

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

National Parkinson Foundation: "Caring for Someone with PD" and "For Those Who care For People With Parkinson's."

PDCaregiver.org: "Welcome to Care - for CareGivers of People with Parkinson's."

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

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