For some time now I have been wanting to put together a blog focused on the role of the social worker working with people with Parkinson’s disease (PWP) and their families. A site where other social workers interested in Parkinson’s disease (PD) can come to share their ideas, their successes, their struggles, their stories, or to pose a question as they work to help patients and families live well with PD. It is likely that we face similar challenges in our work, and it is unfortunate that we often work within silos and do not share what works and what does not. So this will be the foremost function of this site.
I have been at national conferences and trainings with other social workers and I consistently leave these trainings and conferences with two shared sentiments:
1. What a great group of Social Workers we have working in the area of Parkinson’s disease and
2. We need to stay regularly connected and share our ideas and resources.
To that end, it is my hope that this site serves this purpose; and that it leads to better service for our patients and families. With that I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the mother of Social Work:
"The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life." -- Jane Addams