You may be all too aware of the effects of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and its many faces. But, did you know that nearly 60,000 new members are inducted into the PD Club every year? Because this disease affects so much, let’s take a moment to recognize April as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.
More than one million Americans suffer from PD, which is more than the combined total of multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease sufferers. It’s estimated that approximately 10 million throughout the world are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
The disease that we now label as Parkinson’s Disease was first identified in an article written by James Parkinsonin 1817. The article, “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy,” was discovered and addressed more than six decades after Parkinson first wrote of the tremors and other symptoms associated with the disease.
Parkinson’s Disease is a complex illness and requires a proactive approach to the management of the disease and its symptoms through:
- ongoing management of medications
- proper nutrition
- appropriate exercise
- complementary therapies
- active participation in support groups.
National resources include:
Local support groups include:
- Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
- 1-800-457-6676 or sending
- Fairfax City Parkinson’s Support Group
- Parkinson’s Foundation of the National Capital Area
If you have a story to share regarding your journey with Parkinson’s Disease, please join our conversation below or on our Caregiver Forum.