For more than 20 years, 72-year-old Judy has been taking care of her husband Hank who is living with Parkinson’s disease.
Judy’s positive attitude is truly contagious, but there are still days when she feels tired and frustrated from being a care partner. In order to cope, she turns to APDA support groups, volunteers frequently, goes bowling, gets manicures and socializes with friends.
“Care partners must take care of themselves. You need to clear your head and get out,” she says.
In honor of November being National Family Caregivers Month, please make a gift today to help care partners like Judy. With your support, we can reach out to even more care partners with services and resources like support groups, a respite care program, educational materials, and much more.
In the last seven months, Hank’s disease has progressed and Judy is now truly a full-time care partner. “I’ve taken over all the finances and household chores. I administer his medication. And on his bad days, I help dress him.”
Judy’s advice for other care partners? “You must be proactive. You have to have an open mind. You have to be your own advocate. You have to do your research.”
Please say you’ll help people like Judy and Hank get through their most difficult days. Your gift today will provide vital support and services while advancing research that gives hope to so many.
Leslie A. Chambers
President and CEO
American Parkinson Disease Association