Families & Friends

If a loved one or friend has been recently diagnosed with a neurologic disorder, you most likely have a lot of questions and concerns. You may be feeling confused, overwhelmed, angry, or helpless. You many want to know: "How will this disorder affect the life of my family member or friend? How will this affect my life?" These are very common reactions.

"Caregivers," "family caregivers," or "care partners" are the people who give daily care to a person with a neurologic disorder. A caregiver is most often a spouse, child, parent, or friend. It's first important to learn about the condition of your loved one or friend. You'll need information about what to expect, and what you can do to help.People with neurologic disorders can show a great range of ability to cope with their condition. Some people will need only emotional support from family and friends. Others will need help with even the simple activities of daily living.

Care giving can be a rewarding experience. It can be a natural part of your relationship with your loved one or friend. But, depending on the challenges of the disorder, it can also be very tiring. Caregivers can become exhausted physically, emotionally, and financially. This is to be expected. Learning how to take care of your needs and concerns is as important as the care you give your loved one.