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Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's caregivers need to take care of selves too

In my last article, I discussed the signs, symptoms and consequences of Parkinson's disease. Much like many other degenerative neurologic processes, Parkinson's presents many challenges to the person affected and to the caregivers as well. The focus after diagnosis, which can be challenging, is often aimed at treatment of the movement complaints, while the other symptoms can prove to be just as debilitating. These other symptoms — which can include pain, depression, anxiety, hallucinations, and memory and focusing problems — can lead to stress in both the person affected and the caregiver. Caregiver depression is often directly related to patient depression. ...

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