The Art of Caring

Parkinson's Women

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JUNE 14, 2013 | by Darcy Blake | Now that you have Parkinson’s Disease, thoughts of the quality of your care arise as you become less independent. You hear a patient’s stream of complaints that triggers a caregiver’s reaction delivered between clenched teeth and you shutter, “I hope I don’t become like that!” Understandably, both parties have reasons for their behaviour.

Of course, if you have a spouse, your caretaker is legally signed up and selected, unless they are more feeble or crankier than you. If you are single, you have to seek outside volunteers such as willing children, loving  friends or good paid help. Any way you look at it, the fact is some people seem to do a better job of caring than others. We all know people who are the super-talented giving types. They give their time to others without showing a sign of resentment, exasperation, or fatigue the…

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