CREUTZFELDT-JAKOB DISEASE aka. prion diseases

  CREUTZFELDT-JAKOB DISEASE From the Encyclopedia Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is the most common human form of a group of rare, fatal brain disorders known as prion diseases. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease progresses rapidly. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease causes a type of dementia that gets worse unusually fast. More common causes of … [Read more...]

GETTING DRESSED

Health Aides Made Easy   Getting dressed... sounds easy, but in fact, it can be quite challenging for a person with Parkinson’s disease. This simple daily task can become quite stressful. Because Parkinson’s is a disorder of the nervous system, the symptoms such as stiffness in the hands, shaking and tremors, difficulty with fine … [Read more...]

A QUICK 14 YEARS

I don’t have Parkinson’s disease. I don’t know what it feels like other than a broken heart. My Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s around 2003. It was around the time my sister was transitioning her life on Earth from AIDS. It seemed, so we thought, that he had a little stroke or something, but it turned out is was Parkinson’s with which he was … [Read more...]

THE FIVE STAGES: Popular acronym DABDA

THE FIVE STAGES OF…. Popularly known by the acronym DABDA Loss of a Loved One (person or pet), Diagnosis of a Chronic Illness, Divorce, Death, or Grief The Kübler-Ross model, or the Five Stages Of Grief, postulates a series of emotions experienced by terminally ill patients prior to death, wherein the five stages are denial, anger, … [Read more...]

CARING FOR MYSELF

Caring for a person with a chronic illness, such as Parkinson’s disease, on a full-time basis can be overwhelming. Following are some ideas you might incorporate to keep your life more balanced as your loved one goes through the stages of Parkinson’s disease. 1) Put together a list of friends and family members whom you trust and can call upon … [Read more...]