Family Caregivers Month Highlights Parkinson’s Disease

(NewsUSA) – For the fifteenth year, November has been declared National Family Caregivers Month. Parkinson’s disease (PD), which inhibits motor skill function and cognitive ability, affects not only the person diagnosed but also family and friends around them. Carolyn manages her PD with proper treatment, exercise and support from her husband and caregiver of 51 years, Joe.In his caregiver role, Joe says, "From day one, I had to accept the hand we were dealt and do what I could to ensure that Carolyn remained active and continued taking her medication as directed."After experiencing a slight tremor in her right thumb and persistent handwriting abnormalities for five years, Carolyn and Joe visited a neurologist who diagnosed her PD and prescribed AZILECT® (rasagiline tablets) and regular exercise to help manage her disease.While symptoms and treatment may vary among patients, Carolyn finds that having her husband, Joe, as a dedicated caregiver makes life easier. When asked his most important piece of advice for fellow caregivers, Joe replied, "Long-term planning for medical and financial security is essential." Additionally, he cites patience and understanding as two virtues that all caregivers must display.With Joe’s care and her daily treatment, Carolyn has been able to continue enjoying the things she loves, like spending time with her grandchildren, traveling and enjoying water sports at a nearby lake.For more information about PD, please visit www.parkinsonshealth.com.  IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION ABOUT AZILECT Patients should not take AZILECT if they are taking meperidine as it could result in a serious reaction such as coma or death. Also, patients should not take AZILECT with tramadol, methadone, propoxyphene, dextromethorphan, St. John’s wort, or cyclobenzaprine. Patients also should not take AZILECT with other monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Patients should inform their physician if they are taking, or planning to take, any prescription or over-the-counter drugs, especially antidepressants and ciprofloxacin. If patients have moderate to severe liver disease, they should not take AZILECT. Patients should not exceed a dose of 1 mg per day of AZILECT in order to prevent a possibly dangerous increase in blood pressure. All PD patients should be monitored for melanoma (skin cancer) on a regular basis. Side effects seen with AZILECT alone are flu syndrome, joint pain, depression, and indigestion; and when taken with levodopa are uncontrolled movements (dyskinesia), accidental injury, weight loss, low blood pressure when standing, vomiting, anorexia, joint pain, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, dry mouth, rash, abnormal dreams, and fall. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. See additional important information at http://azilect.com/Resources/PDFs/PrescribingInformation-pdf.aspx, or call 1-877-4-AZILECT.

Resources to Help Family Caregivers

Every day, many Americans find themselves in an unexpected new role. They become a family caregiver for a loved one suffering from chronic pain.

Experts estimate that chronic pain affects millions of Americans. Pain can interfere with daily activities, causing patients to lean heavily on family and friends.

Providing care for a loved one experiencing chronic pain presents challenges, such as making sure your loved one reports pain to his or her healthcare provider. Even with chronic diseases and conditions, pain should be taken seriously by doctors and physicians.

Family Caregivers Face Pain Challenges

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Every day, many Americans find themselves in an unexpected new role. They become a family caregiver for a loved one suffering from chronic pain.
Experts estimate that chronic pain affects millions of Americans. Pain can interfere with daily activities, causing patients to lean heavily on family and friends.
Providing care for a loved one experiencing chronic pain presents challenges, such as making sure your loved one reports pain to his or her healthcare provider. Even with chronic diseases and conditions, pain should be taken seriously by doctors and physicians.
“Each person feels pain differently. Although it is a physical sensation, perceptions of pain are influenced by social, cultural and psychological factors,” said Suzanne Mintz, president and CEO of the National Family Caregivers Association. “It can be difficult to make sure your loved one’s pain is evaluated appropriately.”
Unfortunately, there’s little information and few resources available to help family caregivers cope with these problems. The National Family Caregivers Association has teamed up with the pain management education program Partners Against Pain to create Caregiver Cornerstones, a program providing information, encouragement and tools to family members. The four Caregiver Cornerstones are:
1. Learning about pain management. Taking an active role in helping to manage a loved one’s pain may help you feel more useful and worry less.
2. Caring for a person with pain. This includes making sure that patients receive proper assessment and follow their treatment plans.
3. Caring for yourself. Being a family caregiver can be a demanding job. Allow others to help provide a support system.
4. Advocating for all people in pain. The Cornerstones program strives to raise awareness about the importance of access to appropriate and effective pain care.
Find more information at www.partnersagainstpain.com.

Family Caregivers Face Pain Challenges

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Every day, many Americans find themselves in an unexpected new role. They become a family caregiver for a loved one suffering from chronic pain.

Experts estimate pain affects 76 million Americans, more people than diabetes, coronary heart disease, and cancer combined. Pain can interfere with daily activities, and those affected may need help from family and friends. Providing care for a loved one experiencing chronic pain presents a unique set of challenges, such as making sure your loved one reports pain to his or her healthcare provider and that your loved one’s pain is taken seriously by those who provide care.

“Each person may feel pain differently. Although it is a physical sensation, perceptions of pain are influenced by social, cultural, and psychological factors,” said Suzanne Mintz, president and CEO of the National Family Caregivers Association. “It can be difficult to make sure your loved one’s pain is evaluated appropriately.”

Unfortunately, there has been little information and few resources available to help family caregivers cope with these problems. The National Family Caregivers Association has teamed up with the national pain management education program Partners Against Pain to create Caregiver Cornerstones, a new program that provides information, encouragement, and tools to family caregivers who are caring for loved ones suffering from chronic pain.

The four Caregiver Cornerstones are:

1. Learning about pain management. Taking an active role in helping to manage a loved one’s pain may help you feel more useful and worry less.

2. Caring for a person with pain. This includes making sure that patients receive proper assessment and follow their treatment plans.

3. Caring for yourself. Being a family caregiver can be a demanding job. Allow others to help provide a support system.

4. Advocating for all people in pain. The Caregiver Cornerstones program offers guidance on raising awareness about the importance of access to appropriate and effective pain care.

More information about the Caregiver Cornerstones program and tips for caring for loved ones suffering from chronic pain can be found at www.partnersagainstpain.com.