Category Archives: Relationships

Support the Caregiver in your Life

November is national caregiver month and a fitting time to show gratitude toward the carepartner or caregiver in our live. Being a caregiver to a person with Parkinson’s has its share of challenges and it share of rewards. For some caregivers  the increased stress can increase their risk of depression and cause additional illness.  Show your caregiver that you appreciate them during National Caregiver month.

  • Encouraged your partner to have their own free time to pursue personal interests, hobbies and passion.
  • Join a support group, include your partner and connect with others
  • Communicate. Don’t forget to talk about things both good and bad.
  • Organize, downsize and simplify. This might be a time to take inventory of that which complicates life, adds unnecessary work or more stress to life and get rid of it.
  •  Do what you can and ask for help when you need it.
  • Be positive.
  • Find enjoyment in life and remember to laugh.
  • Be realistic. There are 24 hours in a day not 48.
  • Continue your outside interests, passion or hobbies.
  • Find things you both enjoy-dancing, movies, restaurants, a casual walk in nature
  • Surprise your caregiver with a token of appreciation -Chocolate is a good start!

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Sex, Intimacy and Parkinson’s

Many people with Parkinson’s experience changes in libido and sexual function, sometimes even before the first movement symptoms.  The causes can be many- some related to PD and some not.  Increased sexual desire can be associated with dopamine medicines especially dopamine agonists.  Listed below are just a few of the causes:

Parkinson’s related motor symptoms

  • Trouble with movement- tremor, stiffness, slowness, dyskinesia, dystonia
  • Stamina, Pain
Parkinson’s related nonmotor problems
  • Autonomic nervous system changes- altered neural control of sexual function
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep changes
Medicines used to treat Parkinson’s symptoms
  • Antidepressants (especially SSRIs)
  • Muscle relaxants and sleep aids
  • Dopamine agonists (increase sexual desire)
Other medical problems or medicines
  •  High blood pressure, heart disease, thyroid disease, constipation,obesity, arthritis, bladder control, diabetes, prostate disease

Psychological factors that affect sexual health

  • Self esteem, Loss of control,  Anger/resentment, Negative body image, Changing role with loved one, Fear
Issues for partners and couples
  • Fatigue, Change to caregiver role,  Anger/resentment, Fear, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Loss of interest, Focus on disease,  Communication problems
To learn more and find ways to help, see the NWPF Wellness Center

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