The Family Unit And Parkinson's Disease

The Family Unit And Parkinson's Disease

Topics: family, caregiving, children, and relationships

Educational Supplement #8

R. Malcolm Steward, M.D.
Director APDA Information and Referral Center
Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, Texas

Parkinson's disease (PD) is an unwanted intruder and a potentially strong and disruptive force which can upset the emotional and economic relationship in the family.  Recognizing that PD has an impact far greater then on the individual alone can help marshal the needed resources to ease the burden for the individual and family alike and foster a sense of cooperation and adaptive behavior.

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