There is nothing like the special bond that exists between grandparents and grandchildren. That’s why, when a grandparent is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, grandchildren are often driven to help the cause. At the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) we are often asked, How can I make a difference in honor of my grandma/grandpa with PD? In light of Grandparents Day this Sunday, we are sharing a few favorite stories from grandkids on the PDF team. Get inspired and find ideas for making this Sunday special for your grandparent with PD.
Lea Dempsey, 13, of Princeton, NJ, has a knack for drawing, which she credits to her late grandfather, an avid painter who lived with Parkinson’s disease for more than a decade. When the seventh grader stumbled upon PDF’s Kids Only T-Shirt Design Contest a few months back, she knew it was the perfect way to honor his memory. Earlier this month, the public voted her design, “Join the Team Ending Parkinson’s,” to be printed on PDF’s 2016 Awareness T-shirts that will be worn by hundreds of people across the country. What’s the story behind Lea’s design? PDF recently interviewed Lea and… Read More
Why does mom shuffle and stagger when she walks? What makes grandpa’s hand shake? Will grandma die of Parkinson’s disease (PD)? When there is a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in the family, these questions may be on everyone’s minds. If we imagine the experience through the eyes of a child, it is easy to see how such questions can be even more overwhelming.