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April Is Parkinson’s Awareness Month


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 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.


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A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, February 19 – Sunday, February 25, 2018


By Galina Natenzon

Friends of the Library are continuing their book collection in preparation for Annual Book Sale.  Kids are off from school on Monday for Presidents’ Day – bring them to the library!  We have plenty for them to do.  For adults, Professor Licklider’s second lecture on North Korea will take place on Tuesday.  The ...

Imagine a Chatham Toboggan Ride from the Top of Fairmount Avenue to Main Street

Did you know….
there was a time when Chatham kids could ice skate from downtown Chatham all the way to Florham Park? And that a toboggan ride could last from the top of Fairmount Avenue down to Main Street and beyond?

Those were the days!

This was back in the early to mid-1900s. The Passaic River meandered through grassy meadows and woods on the north side of Chatham. The marshy ...


February 20, 2018

To the Editor,

I told my daughter I needed to write about gun violence. Know what she told me? “Mom, be sure you’re not too polarizing. People won’t listen.” She’s right. At age eleven she’s figured out that we adults need to be reminded how to speak to one another in order to fix a problem. But I have hope and belief that we can fix that discourse in our ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

Adults Who Interact With Teens Offered Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

February 23, 2018

With teenage suicide rates on an upswing, a barrage of tragedies in the news, and the heightened pressures of adolescence in a media-frenzied world, it’s more important than ever for caring adults to know how to intervene effectively.

Morris County again this year is funding Youth Mental Health First Aid training through NewBridge Services for adults who regularly interact with children ...