A Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis impacts not only the patient, but also the spouse, child, relative or friend who becomes the patient’s primary care partner. It is important that our care partners take care of us and themselves. Here are some links from the national organizations for more information about care giving and taking care of the care partner.
Michael J Fox Foundation: Advice for loved ones and care partners
American Parkinson’s Disease Association: Caregiving in PD
Our support group also welcome care partners and provides an opportunity for them to interact and gain new insights. There are also two care partner support groups in Knoxville:
UT Medical Center
4th Thursday,3:30 pm
Health Information Center
1940 Alcoa Hwy
Contact: Desirae Gogue (865)305-6740
Informal Care Partner’s Get Together
Holly’s Gourmet Market
5107 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Contact:Cherry Zimmerman (865)693-5721
In addition to Parkinson’s Disease specific sites, here are a few more web based resources for Care Partners. . These links are provided as a service for our members and readers and including them here does not imply any endorsement by PK Hope Is Alive.
AARP Care Connection
And you can Click Here to open a Google search for more care partner resources.