Parkinson's disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's and can manifest itself in a range of both motor and non-motor symptoms. Living with Parkinson's can be incredibly challenging for the individual as well as for their family, friends, and care partners. Currently, there is no cure.
My father Robert Foley was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease shortly after my mother passed away. His struggle for quality of life motivated me to become a volunteer in support of those living in similar circumstances. That includes support for those who provide care for a family member or friend.
Beyond the tremor, below the surface is a troubling myriad of symptoms which dramatically affects every aspect of daily function that those of us without PD take for granted. Digestion, breathing, mood, sleep, gait, even simple tasks of dressing and eating become extremely taxing and physically draining.