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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

By Eric Payne

During April participate in events to support the fight against Parkinson’s disease, a debilitating neurological disorder. 1 million American’s currently have the neurological disease and 50-60 thousand new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States.

On April 11 people around the world are encouraged to learn about Parkinson’s and be proactive in the battle against the disease. Moving Day celebrates movement’s role in battling the disease. The National Parkinson’s Foundation is the sponsor of Moving Day Moving Day brings families, friends and communities together and spotlights Parkinson’s on a national level by raising funds to support care and research initiatives to beat the disorder.

NPF partners with select corporations including Right at Home, Inc., an international provider of in-home companion and personal care to senior citizens and others. Right at Home is one of Moving Day’s Hope Sponsor. Each Moving Day event features short walk routes, food, music, plus a Movement Pavilion with activity stations like yoga, Tai Chi, dance and Pilates, which help manage Parkinson’s symptoms.

The president of Right at Home, Daniel Fox, said he enjoys partnering with the NPF to raise awareness for the disease and enjoys participating alongside thousand of others. Right at Home aims to improve quality of life by assisting family members who are caring for loved ones with the disease.

People are challenged to help increase awareness about the disease. Year round participation includes spending time with someone who has Parkinson’s; volunteering for a local chapter event; participating in local fundraisers; joining a local support group; and starting a daily exercise routine. Parkinson’s disease can be slowed when advanced medicine is taken in conjunction with regular movement and exercise.

Early diagnosis gives the best chances of a healthy life. Watch for these symptoms: Shaking or Tremors Illegible handwriting A hard time sleeping Difficulty walking or moving Difficulty relieving oneself An inaudible voice No facial expressions Dizziness and fainting Bad posture

Seek medical attention if you feel you have those symptoms. The disease is not fatal, but the CDC lists complications from Parkinson’s as the 14th leading cause of death in the US. In the next 20 years cases are expected to rise as the worlds aging population lives longer and there is currently no cure. Researchers worldwide are are hoping to one day cure the nervous system disorder.

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