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Helping Children Cope with Parkinson's

It is often said that Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a family affair. Among those impacted are children of all ages, from young children to teenagers to young adults. Children have unique needs when it comes to coping with Parkinson’s in the family. In cases in which a parent lives with the disease, the impact on a child will be of particular concern. But in any family where a close member has been diagnosed, children have concerns that can and should be addressed. The good news is that children often adjust well to a loved one’s diagnosis of PD. And we can help them not only to adjust but also to thrive.

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It is often said that Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a family affair. Among those impacted are children of all ages, from young children to teenagers to young adults. Children have unique needs when it comes to coping with Parkinson’s in the family. In cases in which a parent lives with the disease, the impact on a child will be of particular concern. But in any family where a close member has been diagnosed, children have concerns that can and should be addressed. The good news is that children often adjust well to a loved one’s diagnosis of PD. And we can help them not only to adjust but also to thrive.

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