What are some challenges I may face as I become the caregiver?

Parkinson’s disease affects more than the person living with it. It affects the entire family and community. As a caretaker, your responsibilities may include helping a loved one with daily activities, managing medications, transportation to doctors appointments and making financial decisions. It is a dynamic relationship. As a person with Parkinson’s disease adjusts to physical changes and challenges, including changes in personal independence, a caretaker (or carepartner) must learn to adapt as well, possibly taking more duties that the loved one had previously handled well. However, everybody experiences Parkinson’s disease in a different way, and as it progresses at very different rates in different people, it is impossible to predict its course in an individual patient.