Celebrate Parkinson’s Awareness Month
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. What better time to make things happen in a bigger way. So how can you get involved? Read, share your story or plan a fundraising event. In short, challenge yourself to spend some time each day raising awareness for Parkinson’s disease. To show you just how easy it can be, we’ve created a month’s worth of tips to get you started. Once you decide to take action, you’ll be surprised by the difference you can make. Why not start today?
About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disease. It belongs to a group of conditions called motor system disorders, which are the result of the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. Dopamine, a neurochemical that controls communication between brain cells, is responsible for control of motor function. Nearly 80 percent of the dopamine producing cells in the brain die before the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease even appear. The four primary symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are tremor, or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; rigidity, or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; bradykinesia, or slowness of movement; and postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination. Other symptoms may include cognitive changes; difficulty in swallowing, chewing, and speaking; urinary problems or constipation; skin problems; and sleep disruptions. As these symptoms become more pronounced, patients may have difficulty walking, talking, or completing other simple tasks. Early symptoms of Parkinson’s are subtle and occur gradually. In some people the disease progresses more quickly than in others. source: www.parkinsonsaction.org
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