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April Is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

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In 2010, the U.S. Senate designated April as the country’s annual Parkinson’s Awareness Month to help educate the public about the neurological disease and promote cutting-edge treatment and care for people with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder often associated with tremor, slowness of movement and muscle stiffness. Approximately 1 million people in the U.S. have Parkinson’s, and 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.

In addition to a month-long focus on helping improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease through education, research and outreach efforts, April 11 is World Parkinson’s Day when people across the globe are encouraged to be advocates for Parkinson’s disease patients and their families.

“It is an honor for us to help increase an understanding of this degenerative disorder and advocate for new research and treatment to assist the countless people affected by Parkinson’s,” said John Major, Owner of Right at Home in Chatham, NJ. Right at Home is a leading provider of in-home care and assistance to senior citizens and others and a supporter in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.

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In spreading the word about Parkinson’s and finding a cure, people are challenged to join the cause in a variety of ways: Spend time with someone who has Parkinson’s; volunteer for a local chapter event; participate in a local fundraiser; join a local support group or start your own; or start a daily exercise routine. Early diagnosis of Parkinson’s gives individuals the best possibility for healthier living. Initial warning signs of Parkinson’s disease include:

  • Tremor or shaking
  • Small handwriting
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble moving or walking
  • Constipation
  • A soft or low voice
  • A masked or serious-look face
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Stooping or hunching over

Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease is encouraged to see a doctor to help diagnose the illness and rule out other possible symptom causes. Parkinson’s disease is not fatal itself, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Parkinson’s complications as the 14th leading cause of death in America. Currently there is no cure for this neurodegenerative brain disease, and cases are expected to rise significantly worldwide in the next 20 years as the aging population increases.

Research shows that in addition to advanced medications, movement and exercise helps slow the disease’s progression and is central to maintaining balance and mobility in people with Parkinson’s. To help emphasize movement in managing the disease, the National Parkinson Foundation is sponsoring its second year of Moving Day events. Moving Day features fundraising walks, food and music, plus a Movement Fair with demonstrations of exercise, yoga, Pilates, dance and Tai Chi—all beneficial in limiting Parkinson’s symptoms.

Moving Day events will be held in 15 cities nationwide this year, including Minneapolis, Minn.; Kansas City, Kan.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Columbus, Ohio. Right at Home, Inc. is a Champion Sponsor of Moving Day, supporting the National Parkinson Foundation in their effort to cure Parkinson’s disease.

For information about Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson’s Awareness Month and Moving Day events, visit www.parkinson.org or call 1-800-327-4545.

About Right at Home of Chatham
The Chatham, NJ office of Right at Home is a local family owned and operated franchise office of Right at Home, Inc., serving the communities of Union and Morris Counties. Right at Home offers in-home care and assistance to seniors and disabled adults who want to continue to live independently. Right at Home directly employs all caregiving staff. Each caregiver is thoroughly screened, trained, bonded and insured prior to entering a client’s home. All ongoing care is monitored and supervised by the local office.

 

For more information, contact Right at Home of Chatham at 973.701.9832,

 via the web at: http://www.rightathome.net/morrisnj/, or by email at  jackiem.rah@gmail.com.

 

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