Although it’s highly rewarding, caring for an aging-in-place loved one with Parkinson’s disease (PD) can also be exhausting. Between going to doctor appointments, cooking meals and managing their household finances, there never seems to be enough time in the day. Allowing pent-up stress to reach the breaking point isn’t healthy for you or your loved one. In observance of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, here are some proven ways for you as a caregiver to relieve stress before it becomes an issue.
Parkinson’s is a Progressive Disease
The symptoms of PD vary in type and severity from individual-to-individual. In most cases those symptoms gradually worsen as the disease progresses. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s, although certain surgeries and medications can help a patient live a more fulfilling life.
In the later stages of Parkinson’s, performing even routine activities of daily living (ADLs) become even more difficult. Over a course of many years, the typical person living with PD ends up with complications that eventually become fatal.
Signs and Symptoms of Caregiver Stress
As the level of care required increases, it’s common for an informal caregiver