Healthy Living

How to Be an Encouraging Companion to a Friend or Relative with Parkinson’s Disease

A special note to spouses

As the husband or wife of a Parkinson’s patient, your love and encouragement will be instrumental to their well-being. All the activities and suggestions list here apply to you, but as a long-time friend of your spouse, think of ones unique to them. More than anyone else in the world, you know what delights them: their favorite song, activity, restaurant, movie, book, etc. Take the time to invest in their lives and give them something to look forward to. Parkinson’s disease carries a bunch of different needs, but love and encouragement supersede all else.

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