Workshops Offer Information and Support to Parkinson's Patients and Caregivers

Northwestern Medicine
Neurosciences April 10, 2012

April marks Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity to learn about and better understand the neurodegenerative disorder that produces symptoms including tremor, slowed motion, rigid muscles, impaired posture and balance, and changes in speech. Nearly 1.5 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease and countless others feel its impact as caretakers. Because Parkinson’s progresses over time, it’s symptoms and burden changes as the disease evolves. For this reason, it’s important that people with Parkinson’s, as well as their families and caregivers, understand how the disease can evolve.

To help those impacted better understand the disease and its management, Northwestern’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center hosts a number of workshops throughout the year for patients and caregivers. On Saturday, April 14, the group will host a program entitled “All About the Caregiver” at Northwestern Memorial Hospital from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The event will provide an excellent learning opportunity for people caring for individuals living with Parkinson’s, as well as an outlet for them to connect with others in similar roles.

“Parkinson’s disease impacts the whole family, not just the patient,” said Diane Breslow, MSW, LCSW, social worker and center coordinator of Northwestern Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center. “The disease plays a significant role in the life of a patient’s family and caregivers. Our goal is to not only provide exceptional clinical care and access to research, but to also provide our patients and their families with information and support.”

The caregiver workshop will provide information and resources, discuss coping strategies and offer an opportunity for participants to talk with other caregivers and share experiences. The event is free, but participants must register by calling 312.926.8400, or signing up online

For full details on the caregiver workshop, as well as another upcoming Parkinson’s program, read the press release.

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