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Parkinson's Disease

At our house, the caregiver is my wife, Kelly. We have been married for thirty-five years, twenty-two of them playing the role of caregiver. Having your spouse as the caregiver often comes with its own unique challenges. Read more

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As a couple, Henry and Grace taught me as much as anyone ever has about living life to the fullest, not in words, but by example.  They were my parents best friends for 40 years and the four of them spent much of their times together laughing. Read more

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Receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) can be devastating for families. Even more devastating is not understanding the disease, how to live with it, how it can be treated, or anything else about this debilitating disease. Read more

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In the U.S. today there are more than one million people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. PD is a progressive movement disorder that affects the central nervous system. Read more

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As PD progresses, up to 40 percent of the approximately one million Americans living with the illness will develop psychotic symptoms, primarily hallucinations, but also delusions. Read more

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It is important to examine the various emotions that a person living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) can undergo in living daily with the condition. The emotional factors that affect your loved one can be both internal and external. Read more

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Tremor is an involuntary, rhythmic muscle contraction leading to shaking movements in one or more parts of the body. It is a common movement disorder that most often affects the hands but can also occur in the arms, head, vocal cords, torso, and legs Read more

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She is standing at the kitchen sink ready for church: flowered skirt, knit top, matching blouse, stockings, comfortable shoes, makeup. It must have taken her a good three hours, but she is ready to go. Read more

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As a wife, I had a suspicion that there was something awfully wrong with my husband. Read more

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Caregiving in America is in great demand, from adult foster home owners offering familiar surroundings, to assisted living center staff patrolling hallways to answer assist request buzzers and lights. Read more

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Senior Helpers® is proud to be the exclusive in-home care sponsor of online caregiver resources for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Read more

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The choice to provide care at home marks an important change affecting the lives of both partners. Read more

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It is one thing to deal with Parkinson’s from a professional standpoint but separating the professional from personal life can be challenging. Read more

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With a loved one in the advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease, it is nearly impossible to handle it alone. Read more

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Caregivers need to be aware of not only the issues that Parkinson’s poses for their loved ones, but ways that they can help mitigate the damage and help in quality of life decisions. Read more

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Caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease at home present an unpredictable course and caregivers must continually seek solutions and a positive direction for the care they provide. Read more

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One caregiver's solution to help her father-in-law have a happy Thanksgiving meal. Read more

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My husband Marty has to take a combination of eight different drugs seven times a day; this is in addition to routine vitamins. Each morning, I set them up in a pillbox so that there is no confusion about the schedule. Read more

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