April Is Parkinson’s Awareness Month – Take Part in Raising Awareness About This Disease and Help Improve the Lives of Those Impacted by It

Each year – in the United States alone – approximately 60,000 people are diagnosed by doctors with Parkinson’s disease. Currently, in excess of 10 million are living with this devastating medical condition. While the risk of developing the disease increases as an individual ages, 4% are medically diagnosed before they turn 50.Parkinsons Awareness

In a world where Parkinson’s disease is so prevalent, it only makes sense that we should all come together with a focus on raising awareness of the disease and that we should take the steps necessary to help improve the lives of those that have the condition. That is what Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April is all about.

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive-based disorder of the nervous system that directly affects the movements of the individual that suffers from it. The symptoms typically come on very slowly. Many may develop a tremor.

Others may find that they experience stiffness or their movements may become very slow. The face may appear emotionless. The speech may become soft or words may be slurred. Symptoms vary on a case-by-case basis and worsen as time progresses.

What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?

The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease vary and may be different from one person to another. In some instances, they may be so mild that they are barely noticeable. They commonly start on just one side of the body and eventually affect both sides; with the main side often being affected to a higher degree of severity. Below, you will find the most common symptoms associated with the disease outlined:

  1. Tremor
  2. Slower Body Movements
  3. Muscle Stiffness/Rigidity
  4. The Inability to Perform Unconscious Movements
  5. Changes to the Speech
  6. Changes in Handwriting

What Is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month All About?

National Parkinson’s Awareness Month during the Month of April is about learning about the condition, providing patients and their caregivers with information and resources on the condition, and spreading the word that more research is needed about the condition.

Currently, there is no cure for the neurodegenerative condition; however, the combination of awareness, education, and the treatments that are available will effectively assist those suffering from this condition. The more research that is done, the closer we are to establishing a cure.


There are several ways to learn more about Parkinson’s disease and to spread awareness about the condition. There are several events hosted by the website, Parkinson.org. Additionally, every other Tuesday, there are podcasts. Each of the episodes focus on various aspects of the condition. There is a PD library that offers a vast number of resources, books, videos, and more for sufferers and their families.

You may also interact on social media with the #KnowMorePD and @ParkinsonDotOrg. If you or a loved one is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, you may contact us here at Beacon Senior Advisors today to learn about the resources and communities that aid individuals with Parkinson’s disease: 973-713-0096



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