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Archive | May 2015

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Parkinson’s Action Network Parkinson’s Disease Foundation World Parkinson Coalition The Michael J. Fox Foundation National Parkinson Foundation The Parkinson Alliance Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA) PESI Rehab Advertisements

Education for Parkinson’s patients, support groups, and health care providers

     PESI Rehab provides continuing education for Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists. PESI Rehab seminars are designed by expert clinicians with the needs of professional adult learners in mind. Their seminars are entertaining and engaging while providing practical hands-on skills, strategies and interventions that will improve the outcomes of the people […]

Financial considerations for caregivers

Contributed by William Hicks Ensure that you, as caregiver, have individual or joint signature authority over all bank and financial accounts. It is a tragic situation when the PD sufferer is the only one who can sign the check and for irrational reasons, will not sign it. Many situations can quickly deteriorate when expenditures are […]

Being a Caregiver for a Partner with Parkinson’s (part 4)

Contributed by William Hicks The following discussion may help to ease some of the challenges of PD care-giving: Monitor care receiver tasks. Be cognizant of those duties the care receiver performs and watch for signs of inadequacy. Do not let bills go unpaid for months before stepping in. Collect and safeguard all tax documents. Understand […]

Being a Caregiver for a Partner with Parkinson’s (part 3)

  Contributed by William Hicks The following discussion may help to ease some of the challenges of PD care-giving: Work to understand your care receiver. Determine what motivates him or her. Determine your actions that are most likely to obtain the desired response or outcome from your care receiver. Learn the words or inferences that […]

Being a Caregiver for a Partner with Parkinson’s (part 2)

Contributed by William Hicks The first and arguably the most important skill for success as a caregiver is to understand how to motivate and facilitate the care receiver and to understand your own reactions to care-giving. Just as the caregiver role expands, the role of the care receiver shrinks. Due to cognitive issues, they may […]