Expert Briefing: Partnering: The Dance of Relationships and Romance
In recognition of National Care Giver Month
Sheila Silver, MA, DHS
Alma Aragon & Carlos Gonzalez
- Identify successful behavioral strategies for YOPD couples to improve their emotional and physical intimacy.
- Recognize how communication and emotional closeness impacts physical intimacy.
- Explain the importance of planning and being intentional in order to create emotional connection between partners.
Particularly for patients with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, the stress of work, family and PD symptoms can stress intimate relationships. For both the patient and their partner, learning how to reconnect when they feel distant and putting in place behaviors that support closeness and intimacy is the key. This presentation will offer strategies that help couples stay connected both emotionally and physically.
Dr. Sheila Silver is a board-certified clinical sexologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon. She has a master's degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy, and earned her Doctorate in Human Sexuality. She is a trained sex counselor, group facilitator, and sex educator. She presents nationally and internationally on the topic of maintaining physical and emotional intimacy, with a specific expertise in Parkinson's Disease.