November is National Family Caregivers Month and tomorrow is Thanksgiving. That makes two good reasons -- today -- to feel grateful for the caregivers in our lives.
At this point in my journey with aging and Parkinson's, I see only glimpses of the dark at the end of the tunnel.I'm still in pretty good shape, with few physical caregiving requirements. But I benefit immensely from the emotional support I get from my friends and my families -- the Schappis and my domestic partners.
One of these days, though, I'll be in the midst of the dark at the end of the tunnel and dependent on caregivers to help me physically and mentally. Each week at my Parkinson's support group meetings, I see friends in the later stages of the PD decline. I hear how much they depend on their caregivers -- spouses and/or professionals -- and about the challenges they face.