April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, a designated month designed to educate and increase awareness about the disease. Those affected by Parkinson’s disease can receive information on symptom prevention, awareness activities, and ways to get involved in research! Let’s get started!
Causes and Symptoms
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement. Although the cause of Parkinson’s is not entirely known, there are common symptoms associated with the condition.
- Tremor – Involuntary shaking in the hands, fingers, and limbs.
- Impaired balance – Balance problems occur as a result of Parkinson’s disease.
- Changes in movement and posture – Posture may become stooped, or you may notice a stiffness or slowing of movement (Bradykinesia).
- Speech changes – Noticeable changes in speech may occur, such as speaking softly, quickly, or slurring words.
What You Can Do
Having Parkinson’s disease not only affects the person who has it, but also those around them. Family members, friends, and colleagues are all impacted by the effects of Parkinson’s which is why it is essential to understand the condition and know that you are not alone. Here are some ways to get involved in April!
Follow and use hashtag #Plan4PD on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Get updates and share photos, videos, facts, and resources on social media to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease.
Share Your Story
Share your Parkinson’s disease story. Stories can help illustrate what it’s like to live with Parkinson’s disease and give encouragement to others affected by the condition. Share your story at parkinson.org or parkinsonsdisease.net.
Get Involved in Research
Medical advancements and cutting-edge research would not be possible without clinical trials. When you volunteer for research, not only do you become more familiar with your condition, you can provide hope to others with the same condition.
If you have symptoms of or have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, talk to our staff about our upcoming clinical trials. Qualified participants may see a physician or medical staff at no cost. Reimbursement may be available for time and travel. To learn more about our upcoming clinical trials CLICK HERE, or call us at (561) 374-8461.