Like millions of other Americans, Tom Genung hadn't planned on being a caregiver – instead, it happened naturally, according to The Santa Barbara Independent. At first, he was just dropping in to visit his mother every now and then.
"It started out in an innocent kind of way," Genung told the news provider. "It was a progressive thing… then I realized she was lonely sitting in her house and thought she really needs companionship."
His mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. As the illness grew worse, Genug's responsibilities began to grow. With his help, his mother was able to age safely at her home until she passed away in 2009.
Family members who are helping a loved one may also want to consider installing a senior alert system in a hom,e. This device can help ensure that users can instantly send a personal emergency response message if they require assistance.
The American Parkinson Disease Association estimates that more than 1.5 million Americans in the United States suffer from the condition. It is most often characterized by rigid or unsteady movements.