Brenda Boozer

Member for

3 years 11 months

Brenda Boozer of Lexington, SC, is a care partner to her husband, David, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 69. Brenda is a recipient of the 2021-2022 Parkinson’s Care Partner Award from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. These awards support and honor the incredible sacrifices and undying commitment of care partners in the Parkinson’s community.

Brenda shares some highlights of her experience as a care partner: 

What advice would you give to those beginning their role as a care partner?

Brenda Boozer gets award from Dr. McLeod“The most important thing is to not get overwhelmed. Create a routine that works for you and stick to it. Also, accept help. When someone offers to help, take them up on it. Find some time for your life. Sometimes, you need to get out of the house and get away for a little bit. Try to keep a positive attitude.”

How do you recharge?

“I enjoy time with family — we have six children, 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. I enjoy cleaning our house, and I find that relaxing. I also enjoy creating watercolor paintings and going antiquing.”

What has been the most challenging part of your role as a care partner?

“Getting a correct diagnosis took three to four years, and was very frustrating. Coming to this Center of Excellence has changed our lives, though we travel four hours round-trip for appointments. In the beginning, keeping up with David’s medications was very challenging. It dictated any place we wanted to go, when we wanted to eat, where we could eat. Our lives revolved around his pill schedule. But that’s so much better now that he has a Duopa pump.”

What has been the most rewarding part of being a care partner?

“When David and I married 34 years ago, we each had three teenagers, so we started with six teenagers in the house. That prepared us for pretty much anything! We’ve had our trials with his Parkinson’s diagnosis, but we’ve come through them. There’s a real sense of accomplishment in working as a team like that.”

Which Parkinson’s Foundation resources or programs have been the most valuable to you?

“The Center of Excellence itself, here at MCG, has been the biggest help. Before coming here, we were just wandering from doctor to doctor. Coming here has changed our lives.”

Dr. McLeod: why did you nominate Brenda Boozer for this award? 

“I’ve been impressed with her resilience in the face of frustrating, fluctuating problems. She and her husband have been thrown every curveball in the book, but she never stops learning and adapting. Meanwhile, she takes it all in stride, maintaining humor and flexibility in daily life. Thanks to her diligence, we have been able to consistently escalate care and finally make significant, stable progress in her husband’s quality of life. I’m so thankful for her help.”

Find more care partner resources and tips for caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s at Parkinson.org/Caregivers.

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