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Taking Care: An Intimate Look at How Parkinson’s Disease Has Changed 1 Family’s Life

Taking Care: An Intimate Look at How Parkinson’s Disease Has Changed 1 Family’s Life

“Taking Care” is a series intimately covering the lives of caregivers and the people they care for. This month’s edition is on Parkinson’s Disease


When Eleanor Copeman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, an incurable condition that gradually attacks the nervous system and impairs even simple movements, family life for the Copemans changed forever. The vibrant, joyful matriarch who loved cooking for her family became dependent on her husband Douglas and daughter Tammy for everything from preparing meals to getting dressed.

Now, almost a decade later, Eleanor also has dementia, which strikes 50-80% of people with Parkinson’s. The physical and emotional burdens of caretaking fall to the family.

Eleanor Copeman sweeps the porch outside the family home as her daughter rides her horse toward the house in Elkins, West Virginia, on July 14, 2012.Abby Kraftowitz“Physically, taking care of someone with Parkinson’s is intense—you have to be on 24/7,” Tammy Copeman tells photographer Abby Kraftowitz, who has been documenting the Copemans’ lives since 2012. “I think it’s just a whole different level of love and loving your family.”

Douglas says he chose to take care of Eleanor at home to honor a promise he made to her 51 years ago when they first married.

Kraftowitz’s work offers a deep look into life inside one household touched by this chronic disease.

Abby Kraftowitz is a photographer based in New York City. You can follow her on Twitter @abbykraftowitz.

What’s New with Research?

Title: What’s New with Research?
Location: Kern United Methodist
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Description: Dr. Aaron Bowman
Start Time: 11:30
Date: 2015-01-20
End Time: 1:30pm

Lunch is Sponsored by East Tennessee Personal Care Service

Dedicated Parkinson’s SupportGroup

Our Cause : PK Hope is alive – Parkinson Support Group of  E.TN is dedicated to spreading Parkinson’s Awareness.

Learn how you get active information and research about Parkinson’s.  PK Hope is Alive is a compassionate self-help

Group looking to help individuals dealing with PD.  We help them achieve an improved lifestyle and gain a better

understanding  of how the disease effects them.

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