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Caregiver Corner: Thoughts on Parkinson’s by Maggy Hurchalla

Date: 
Monday, November 21, 2016
Author: 
Maggy Hurchalla

My big sister, Janet Reno, died on November 7, 2016. She lived with Parkinson's disease for 21 ½ years. I have walked that road by her side, but we have not walked that road alone.

It takes a village.

Everyone’s Parkinson's journey is different. Since it is age related, most people die of something else. There is no point dwelling on the last chapter if you are not going to get there.

Caregiver Corner: Top Parkinson's Foundation Resources for Caregivers

Date: 
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Author: 
Vaughn Edelson

In all our programs, the Parkinson's Foundation aims to make life better for people affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD). Parkinson's not only affects the person who receives the diagnosis — it extends to that person’s family, friends and community. While we pride ourselves on the high quality information and resources we provide for people with Parkinson’s, we also recognize that caregivers need support.

Tips for Daily Living: Protect Yourself From Skin Cancer

Date: 
Monday, June 20, 2016
Author: 
Parkinson's Foundation

Summer is the time for long drives, late sunsets and the outdoors. However, direct and prolonged exposure to the summer sun can also result in sunburns and over time, skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. and it is even more of a threat for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) because they have a higher risk of developing malignant melanoma. Skin cancer is preventable. Taking proper precautions and knowing what to look for can save your life.

Caregiver Corner: When Communicating With Your Loved One Is Threatened by Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Author: 
Scott Silknitter

Communication is a vital way we connect, build and maintain relationships. It is scary when your loved one begins to have communication issues due to Parkinson’s disease (PD) that may threaten your bond. The good thing is it doesn’t have to be that way.

Reviewing some cognitive and communication changes that someone with PD may experience as the disease progresses, your loved one might:

Helping the Caregiver Stay Well

As a secondary caregiver your job is to support the primary caregiver.

Whether you are providing support from out of town or acting as a backup when your parent, sibling or friend needs time off, there are many ways you can provide love and support. Stepping into a secondary caregiver role can be a positive and rewarding experience, but it also comes with its own unique challenges. Here are some ways you can be helpful:

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