While there are many common experiences, each person’s Parkinson’s caregiving journey is unique. Tony Borcich, LCSW, led a discussion among three caregivers with diverse outlooks on and approaches to caregiving, including both spouse and adult child perspectives.
Julie Beck’s husband was diagnosed with young-onset PD in 2002. She still works full-time and takes care of their three kids.
Rick Bentley’s father was diagnosed with PD in 2007 and passed away in 2016. During those years, Rick helped advocate for his father from afar.
Pat Smith’s husband was diagnosed with PD in 2002, and together they started a support group that has expanded from 12 members to 100.