Rebuilding Companionship

I have received a lot of emails and calls about my most recent post “My Best Friend.…” I seem to have hit on a topic many of our partners have needed to hear about. Clearly, the loss of companionship Parkinson’s brings for the partner is one of the least discussed aspects of the disease.

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My Best Friend…

My Best Friend Has Gone Away and Isn't Coming Back
If you have Parkinson’s disease and are in a marriage or long-term relationship, I am going to tell you something your partner may have been hesitant to say. The greatest challenge for a partner is not the disease itself. Rather, it is the chronic and progressive loss of companionship.

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Try To Remember

In a blog posted several months ago, called Getting the Word Out, I discussed some strategies to “exercise” the mind to keep language fluency in optimum shape. In this post, I will take a look at memory, because it is the one area most of us worry about as we age, PD diagnosis or not.

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When Parkinson’s Affects Your Job: Respond Rather Than React

Everybody who is diagnosed with Parkinson’s early in life, while still working, is ultimately faced with the problem of what to do about the impact of this chronic disease on job performance. It is inevitable that any number of disease symptoms will alter how one functions in the workplace. How one responds to these changes in job performance can make all the difference between having some control over one’s future vs. having one’s future defined by someone else. In dealing with any problem in life, it is better to respond than to react.

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Getting the Word Out

As of this moment, there is no research supporting any preventive measures a person can take to ward off PD-related cognitive changes. That does not mean that there is nothing out there, only that we don’t have data to support any specific measures.

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Parkinson’s Awareness Begins with Self-Reflection

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. This means that the concerted efforts of the PD community will be directed at raising the profile of the disease in an effort to raise funds. As a personal coach, I like to stress that awareness begins with self-reflection. This post discusses a few aspects of PD, of which folks with young-onset should be aware. They are written in no particular order of importance.

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What Is Draining You?

As part of my coaching practice, I like to have clients take a look at what aspects of their lives are demanding energy from them. Parkinson’s obviously puts quite a burden on a person but it is very helpful to see what other areas of that person’s life are also taking life energy from them. When a person is able to identify where their inner resources are being directed, it is much easier to come up with strategies for responding to those problems. When the problems aren’t obvious or remain unidentified, the very human tendency is to react to them, potentially draining internal resources that might be put to better use.

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There are several givens when we talk about Parkinsons. It is chronic. It tends to get worse over time. It is unpredictable. It is likely to be some time before medical science learns how to cure it and somewhat longer before it learns how to reverse it. And it can be difficult for another person to live with.

These are the facts you face if you enter into a relationship with a person who has the disease. These are the facts the gentleman with Parkinsons faces, as well.

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NOTE: Dr. Paul Short is neither an agent nor employee of ADPA or any of its affiliate organizations. The views expressed in this blog are the opinions of Dr. Short and do not represent the opinions or endorsement of APDA. The information contained on this site is for your general information only and is not intended as, or a substitution for, medical advice. You should also be aware that the information on this site may not reflect the most current medical developments, nor is it provided in the course of a physician - patient relationship. You should always consult your physician or other qualified healthcare provider or expert with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a health or medical condition. You should never disregard professional medical advice, or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on this site.


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