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Identifying and Managing Caregiver Burden Among Spouses of Individuals with Parkinson's Disease

Kaitlyn Roland, MSc, Research Assistant, Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, The University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC.
Andrew M. Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Health Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON.
Mary E. Jenkins, BSc(PT), BEd, MD, FRCPC, Associate Professor of Neurology, Clinical Neurological Sciences, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

Abstract
Burden is a psychological concept, a subjective interpretation by caregivers of the extent to which the caregiving experience impacts on one's health, social life, or financial status. In this article, we examine some of the predictors of caregiver burden, and look specifically at the burden experienced by caregivers of individuals with Parkinson's disease.
Keywords: Parkinson's disease, psychological health, physical health, caregiver burden