Patient and Caregiver: Side-by-Side Perspectives from Marc and Elaine

ppac_sherman ppac_casavantWhat is the relationship between a person with Parkinson’s disease and his or her caregiver? In a special post written during National Family Caregivers Month, we hear perspectives from Marc Sherman, J.D., a person with PD and Elaine Casavant, R.N., a care partner. Both are members of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council.

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Caregiver-Doctor-Patient: Q&A with Dr. Maria De Leon

caregiversmonth14_deleon_mariaHow do you show someone with Parkinson’s that you care? Family and friends often rally around a loved one, showing their support in a variety of ways. During November, which is recognized as National Family Caregivers Month, PDF recognizes, “All the Ways Care Partners Care.” Our campaign highlights four diverse stories, including the story of Maria De Leon, M.D., of Nacogdoches, TX, a member of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council and a PDF Research Advocate.

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Caring as a Team: Q&A with Paul and Jane Gaydos

caregiversmonth14_gaydos_pauljane_smallHow do you show someone with Parkinson’s that you care? Family and friends often rally around a loved one, showing their support in a variety of ways. During November, which is recognized as National Family Caregivers Month, PDF recognizes, “All the Ways Care Partners Care.” Our campaign highlights four diverse stories, including the story of Paul and Jane Gaydos, of Cleveland, OH, PDF Research Advocates (Jane lives with PD) who have been married for 47 years.

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All the Ways Care Partners Care: Q&A with Elaine & Len Casavant

caregiversmonth14_final_casavant_elainelen150x100How do you show someone with Parkinson’s that you care? Family and friends often rally around a loved one, showing their support in a variety of ways. During November, which is recognized as National Family Caregivers Month, PDF recognizes, “All the Ways Care Partners Care.” Our campaign highlights four diverse stories, beginning with Elaine Casavant, R.N., a member of the PDF People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, whose husband Len lives with Parkinson’s.

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Running 15k for Mom: Q&A with Lisa Goecke

champions_goecke_lisa_sandrasue“I decided that running … would be the perfect way to honor my Mother because although running is something she can no longer do, I could do it in her place.”

In this Q&A, Lisa Goecke, who is running the Hot Chocolate 15k on November 9 in Chicago, IL as a PDF Champion, shares her story.

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Making GI a Priority for Parkinson’s Research

In this Q&A, Diane Cook shares her experience being involved in the PDF Community Choice Research Award. Last year, PDF launched the award by asking the community, “what is the most pressing question for scientists to solve in PD?” From the hundreds of submissions we received, our advisory board selected two – fatigue and gastrointestinal function – for awards. This fall, we’re hosting conferences to outline solutions for both symptoms.

Diane Cook

Q. You attended the first ever conference funded by the PDF Community Choice Research Award. What are your overall impressions?
A. First of all, it was very exciting to be part of this first grant where the research question was identified by patients, those of whom know firsthand where better treatments are needed!

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