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May 21, 2024

Parkinson’s in the Family: Communication and Empathy

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By Juan Diego Drouet
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Juan Diego Drouet
Parkinson's disease does not only affect those who are diagnosed. This has a significant impact on the family. Changes in daily life, the need for adaptations at home, and loss of autonomy can cause stress and anxiety in both patients and their loved ones

Family Support Strategies
At home, open communication is important to share difficulties that may arise and therefore find a solution. Below are some strategies that can be implemented at home to overcome possible obstacles.

  • Family Education: Learning more about Parkinson's disease and its symptoms will help you better understand your family member's needs and provide effective support.
  • Open Communication: Clear and honest communication with our family members about their feelings and concerns strengthens relationships.
  • Planning and Organization: Creating a plan with clear roles and responsibilities helps distribute the workload and ensure needs at home are met.
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  • Group Support: Joining a local or online support group can give you a network of people who understand what you're going through. These groups can offer advice, share experiences and support clinical research.
  • Health Professionals: If external support is required, do not hesitate to seek professional help. Counseling services, family therapy, and professionally led support groups can greatly help.
    Positive Memories: Reminding patients of their strengths and celebrating their achievements, finding moments of joy and success can help them maintain a positive focus


With the right strategies and a mutually supportive approach, families can find ways to adapt the home. It is important to remember that each family and situation is unique and what works for one may not work for another. The most important thing is the willingness to learn, adjust, and ask for help when necessary.

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