Webinar: Mental Wellness for Parkinson’s Care Partners
With Elaine Book
As a Parkinson’s care partner, you provide an invaluable service to your loved one. You didn’t ask for it but here you are. Having to step into the role of care partner is a big change and often a significant stressor. And as time goes by it’s easy to become so focused on your person with Parkinson’s that you put your own needs on the back burner. This can lead to caregiver burnout or in its extreme, compassion fatigue, where you become overwhelmed physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially to the point where you’re unable to care for yourself or others. In this webinar, social worker Elaine Book discussed:
- Common challenges of being a Parkinson’s care partner
- Signs you might be on the verge of burnout
- Strategies for avoiding burnout
- A common challenge many care partners face and how to reduce the stress it causes
- A simple roadmap for daily mental health care
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Your Instructor for the Webinar
Elaine Book has worked in the field of Social Work for over 30 years in a variety of community and hospital settings with an interest in the geriatric population. She has worked with individuals, families, and as a leader of support groups. Elaine is a leader in the Parkinson’s community, serving as a speaker at support groups, a presenter at neurology meetings, and a faculty member of the Allied Team Training Program of the National Parkinson Foundation. She is the center coordinator for the NPF Center of Excellence, the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre, at the University of British Columbia. She also coordinates a blog designed for neurological social workers who specialize in Parkinson’s. Elaine earned her BSW from the University of Manitoba and her MSW from the University of British Columbia, with her thesis focusing on caregiver stress.
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