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I take care of someone with Parkinson's disease. What are tips on taking care of myself, too?

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These tips can help you take care of yourself as you care for a loved one with Parkinson's:

  • Make time to relax. Get help if needed.
  • Learn about the disease to understand changes in your loved one.
  • Don't do everything for your loved one. Let them take part.
  • Consult your loved one about family affairs: Wishes about a living will, durable power of attorney, and do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself and your loved one.
  • Stay social, and have someone to talk to.

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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