April is National Parkinson's Awareness Month
In the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of PD are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have PD. The Center for Disease control rated complications from Parkinson’s disease as the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. Worldwide, it is estimated that four to six million people suffer from the condition. There is hope, however, as scientists work towards a cure and make progress in identifying the best treatment options for patients. Learn more about PD now.
Caring for someone with Parkinson's disease
Taking care of someone with PD is a journey in which the caregiver naturally has a lot of concerns, questions, and the need for outside support and guidance. Whether you are just learning about a loved one’s diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD), adapting to new challenges as the disease progresses, or a seasoned primary caregiver, this section will help you navigate the various challenges inherent in caretaking for your person with PD.
National Parkinson's Foundation is dedicated to helping you learn about Parkinson's disease and understand what care and support options are available.
- Read more to learn how to navigate the various challenges of caring for someone with PD, what to expect at different stages and how to recognize signs of caregiver stress. PD Caregiving 101.
- Gain access to a comprehensive listing of articles, checklists, books, DVDs, videos, webcasts and web sites to help you learn more about PD. PD Library.
- Get connected with professionals and other people caring for people with Parkinson's. Discussion Forum.
- Learn how others stay positive and embrace the role of caregiver. Personal Stories.
Information gathered from the National Parkinson's Foundation Website: www.parkinson.org
Need respite from caregiving? Del Oro is partnering with the local Parkinson's Association to provide this valuable resource. Inquire with the Parkinson's Association of Northern California by calling them at 916-357-6641 or visit their website here.