A Guide For Those With
PD And Their Families
What is Parkinson’s?
Why these cells die in Parkinson’s disease is unclear, and the focus of much research. Studies of identical twins show that most Parkinson’s disease is not inherited, and epidemiological studies support a multifactorial model in which both genetic and environmental factors play a role. Familial forms of Parkinson’s disease are known but are uncommon and atypical, most often presenting at an earlier age.
Stages of Parkinson’s Disease
Clinicians use 5 stages to describe motor symptom progression in PD. Stages 1-2 are early-stage, 2-3 mid-stage, and 4-5 advanced-stage PD.
Alternative Therapy Options
Financial Assistance for Parkinson’s Medication
Michigan Parkinson Foundation can assist financially qualified people with Parkinson’s disease to obtain relief for PD medication costs. Note: certain medications apply. Qualified individuals must be a Michigan resident. We take into consideration not only annual income but how much you pay out of pocket for medical bills. Once you complete the application and meet all criteria, your medications will be mailed directly to you through our contracted Pharamcy.
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MPF social worker can also assist you to find alternative methods of funding your medication costs.
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Respite Care Financial Assistance
The Michigan Parkinson Foundation Respite Care Assistance program provides relief to people caring for individuals with Parkinson’s or related disorders. This can include in-home care, day programs, overnight short-term stays, etc.
Respite care provides short-term relief for persons who are caring for individuals with Parkinson’s and related disorders. Being a caregiver is a 24-hour job, and caregiver burnout is very common. In the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP Public Policy Institute survey, 40% of caregivers felt emotionally stressed and ~20% said it caused financial problems. Time away from caregiving responsibilities is essential to the well-being of caregivers. We know that caregivers are better able to support their loved one when they make time for themselves. Respite care helps to reduce stress and improve the quality of care regularly provided by caregivers. When you need a break, that’s where respite care can help. The program is not intended to be a long-term solution.
Respite care can take place in your home through contracted home care agencies, family members, or trained persons. Respite can be used out-of-home including adult day center, or short-term stays at a facility when overnight, 24/7 care is needed. Our respite care assistance is generously funded by the Kirk Gibson Foundation for Parkinson’s and the William J. Nicholson Foundation.
To qualify for our respite care program, the following is required:
A. Completed Application
B. Physician referral or letter confirming the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
C. Resident of Michigan *Please note that funding cannot be used for long-term alternative living situations (i.e. group homes, assisted living facilities)
D. Financial Need
Insurance & Legal
Insurance & Legal
More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's Disease.
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