Because care partners need a choice, too

Part of living with, and caring for, someone with Parkinson’s disease involves managing the day-to-day unpredictability. But there’s also your own well-being, and sometimes the care partner needs care, too.

It’s important to monitor not only your loved one’s health, but also your own physical, social, financial, and emotional health, as well. When you spend your time being someone else’s voice, it’s easy to forget what yours sounds like.

Remember that taking care of yourself is important for both you and your loved one. There are tools and resources below that can make a big impact on your well-being.

Some tips to help you with emotional exhaustion

Join an online or local support group

Engage in physical activity, like jogging or yoga

Eat healthfully


Take some time for yourself

Plan a date or activity with friends

Ask for help when you need it

Below are some great resources for care partners, designed to help you take care of yourself

American Parkinson Disease Association

This site provides the support, education, and research that will help everyone impacted by Parkinson’s disease live life to the fullest. Find resources and a chapter in your community.

Becoming a Care Partner

This publication from the American Parkinson Disease Association is a helpful tool to learn about how you can handle some of the challenges of being a care partner.

Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s

This site offers a wealth of online resources geared to help you live well today, from blog posts to manuals full of practical information every family affected by Parkinson’s should read.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

Offers podcasts, webinars, books, and other resources for everyone affected by Parkinson’s disease, from doctors and researchers to patients and care partners.

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