Parkinson’s Awareness Month

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To coincide with World Parkinson’s Day, Parkinson’s Awareness Month is an awareness initiative held in Canada and the United States each year (other countries may also support this event).

In Canada, the major supporting organization for this event is Parkinson Society Canada, and, in the United States, it is the American Parkinson Disease Association.

Raising public awareness about Parkinson’s disease is very important. Although there are no official statistics, Parkinson’s disease is thought to affect over 1,000,000 people in the United States.

In 2010, April was designated Parkinson’s Awareness Month by the United States Senate. By designating Parkinson’s Awareness Month a national event, it is hoped that this observance will lead to more media coverage which in turn will gather further support for those affected.

Whilst people may have heard of Parkinson’s disease, many know little or nothing about the condition and how affects a person and their friends and family.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition and after Alzheimer’s is the second most common disease in the United States. Neurodegnerative is a term which refers to a progressive loss of nerve cells (neurons) and/or their function. Neurodegeneration from Parkinson’s disease can give rise to a wide spectrum of symptoms; symptoms can vary widely between people in terms of their type and severity.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include:

  • difficulties with balance, swallowing, chewing and speaking
  • tremor
  • slowness
  • constipation
  • sleep disruption
  • constipation
  • psychological issues including problems with cognition, anxiety and depression
  • One of the most noticeable symptoms of Parkinson’s disease is tremor in which the body makes involuntary quivering movements. As the disease progresses, symptoms can worsen. For example, over time a person may not be able to move, speak or swallow. This can often arise 4-8 years after the initial onset of Parkinson’s disease.
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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. LifestyleswithLia
    Apr 11, 2015 @ 14:25:26

    Thanks for sharing this! This hits home since people who I know very well are affected by Parkinson’s… It’s devastating …

    Reply

  2. NickyB.
    Apr 12, 2015 @ 15:25:31

    I had no idea that April was Parkinson’s awareness month…Thank you.

    Reply

  3. Adrianna
    Apr 12, 2015 @ 15:38:04

    Thank you

    Reply

  4. ksh
    Apr 12, 2015 @ 21:18:21

    I became aware firsthand of Parkinson’s as a very young child with my grandfather who suffered from this. It was decades ago, before there were any such things as awareness days, weeks or months and very little in the way of medication to alleviate his pain and symptoms. Thank you for helping share this awareness.

    Reply

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