When someone close to you has Parkinson’s, your life changes. Here’s how you can help them, and yourself.
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Parkinson Disease (PD) is a chronic neurological condition named after Dr. James Parkinson, the London physician who described it in 1817. Parkinson’s is a type of movement disorder. It happens when nerve cells (neurons) in the brain don’t produce enough of a brain chemical called dopamine, a chemical that’s vital to movement.
National Family Caregiver Association
This nonprofit organization offers tips on finding resources in your community and hosts free workshops (online and in-person) on topics such as “Communicating Effectively with Healthcare Professionals.” To learn more, call (800) 896-3650 or visit www.nfcacares.org.
Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)
FCA is a nonprofit organization that publishes informational publications and provides local and national support programs, including the Family Care Navigator, a state-by-state, online guide to help you locate government, nonprofit, and private caregiver support services. To learn more, call (800) 445-8106 or visit www.caregiver.org.
National Alliance for Caregiving
A national nonprofit, the Alliance performs research and legislative work and also helps caregivers to find local resources with its “Family Care Resource Connection.” To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.caregiving.org.