April is Parkinson’s disease Awareness Month. Approximately one million people in the United States live with Parkinson’s disease, which is a neurological disorder effecting movement and is typically diagnosed after the age of 50. The disease is progressive and chronic, which means that the symptoms persist and worsen over time.
The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease vary from person to person, but can include:
- slowness of movements
- limb stiffness
- difficulties with balance
The cause of the disease is unknown and there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease – yet. Research is ongoing and everyone can help. You can donate to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation at www.pdf.org or make a difference by raising awareness of the disease.
Here are some suggestions from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation to raise awareness of the disease online.
Are you on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest? You never know which one of your online followers or friends is also dedicated to the fight against Parkinson’s or is interested in getting involved.
How to Show It
- Don’t forget, sometimes the most powerful images are your own. Share photos from everyday life – whether it’s you with a loved one with PD, or fighting Parkinson’s with your family.
- Visit www.pdf.org to find ways to get involved and make a difference.
- Advocate with us. Visit https://www.parkinson.org/get-involved/Advocate-With-Us to learn how you can get involved in advocacy.
How to Tell It
- Send a simple email letting folks know that it’s Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
- Send personalized awareness eCards – designed by members of the PDF Creativity and Parkinson’s Project – by visiting support.pdf.org/ecards.
- Help us trend on Twitter! Follow us @PDFparkinson. (Use hashtags: #PDmonth #Parkinsons, #ParkinsonsAwareness #fightparkinsons)
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