Spouses, family members, and friends very often serve as caring partners to individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Though they do not have the diagnosis of PD themselves, the lives of care partners are also greatly affected by the disease. Being the caring partner of a person with PD requires a major transition of roles and adjustment of expectations about the future. They have their own feelings of grief and loss as they stand by your side. Complicating matters, there may be changing economic circumstances and redefining of relationships with friends, family, co-workers, and community. Despite all of this, PD does not need to define your relationship, even as it affects both the individual with the diagnosis and their family. The Parkinson’s Community Los Angeles will be here to support the open communication, education, and teamwork that are vial elements in the relationships among you and your caregiving partners.