Four Little Things

Notebooks, Boards, Visitors, and Blogs #1 One of the best pieces of advice we were given when my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease was this: keep a medical notebook. Take notes every time you go to the doctor because sometimes it’s hard to remember what they have said when you get home. This adviceContinue reading “Four Little Things”

Change is Gonna Come

My Haiku for Today Caring for your spouse Won’t always be like today. “Change is gonna come.” You can rest assured that things won’t always be as they are. As I have cared for my husband with Parkinson’s Disease for the last 20 years, I have noticed that things remain at status quo for aContinue reading “Change is Gonna Come”

The Art of Giving

June is a big celebration month in our family beginning with birthdays on the 3rd, then 5th, 6th, and the 28th, and with Father’s Day and an anniversary thrown into the mix. Two of these are occasions for gifts for my hubby who has Parkinson’s Disease. What do we give someone with Parkinson’s, no matterContinue reading “The Art of Giving”

Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease

What would you say if your spouse asked you this question, “Do you think I have dementia?” How would you respond? Would you be truthful? Would you sugar-coat your answer? My answer was this, “I see some signs of it, Honey, do you?” And he reluctantly agreed with me. That was our most recent conversationContinue reading “Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease”

The Red Tulip

You might have wondered why the design for this blog is a swath of tulips across the top. Yes, I really like tulips. But there is more! Yes, it was Spring when I began blogging. But there is another reason! Without using many words, symbols remind us of important things or events. When we seeContinue reading “The Red Tulip”

Decorating for the Holidays – Caregiving Style

Yes, it is fall, which means we are approaching the holiday season. Already we see that the retail stores are crowded with holiday decorations. But should we decorate our living space when we are a caregiver?  Is the result worth the effort? Does our spouse or patient even care? The sight of a favorite knick-knack,Continue reading “Decorating for the Holidays – Caregiving Style”

What Matters Most?

Right here, right now, what matters most to me? Is it how clean my house is? Yes, I need to be sure the clutter is picked up and put away so there is easy access for my husband, who is disabled. I love having a clean house, but is this the most important thing inContinue reading “What Matters Most?”

PD in the News

It is reassuring to know that the quantity of research surrounding Parkinson’s Disease is increasing every day. More aspects of the disease are being studied and more non-motor symptoms being considered. Besides the scientific aspect of PD, more people are blogging about the disease every day. In case you don’t have time to read themContinue reading “PD in the News”

Four Questions You Should Ask

          The mission of this blog is to provide heart-felt encouragement and practical support to people caring for patients with Parkinson’s Disease. In March of this year, I began sharing my thoughts about this journey of walking beside my husband who has Parkinson’s Disease. If you are new to this blog,Continue reading “Four Questions You Should Ask”

Fun-Filled Friday

We all need a little fun in our lives, so I’ve been searching for some fun things to show you to brighten your Friday. If your spouse/patient is having difficulty playing cards these days – difficulty holding the cards in their hands, here are some solutions. (They were recommended for small children who have thisContinue reading “Fun-Filled Friday”