Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive disease that affects both the person with Parkinson’s and the care partner. Considerations need to be made to deal with the present challenges, while also anticipating future caregiving needs. Patsy Ponder Dalton was the caregiver for her husband, David, since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 44. Even after David’s passing, she is still a highly engaged facilitator for two Parkinson’s support groups in Missouri.
In this episode, she provides insight into dealing with the challenges of the disease as it progressed, along with the changes in her caregiving responsibilities. She discusses the dynamic of her and David’s shared decision making over time, provides suggestions for mitigating the physical challenges of the disease by adapting her home environment, and as a care partner, how Patsy needed to make time for her own well-being. Even though David is gone, she still finds comfort and motivation in being part of the Parkinson’s community and maintaining her role in support groups.
Released: November 14, 2023
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