April is Parkinson's Awareness Month

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month

March 21, 2023

Almost 1 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. And that number is on the rise. The foundation expects the number of people living with Parkinson’s to reach 1.2 million by 2030. 

Blue Ridge is dedicated to raising awareness about health and wellness. In 2023, it aims to spread the word about several awareness campaigns to educate people and show them how they can get involved. Let's kick off April by sharing some valuable information on Parkinson's disease.

Parkinson's Disease - The Second Most Common Neurodegenerative Disease´╗┐

Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disease that affects an estimated one million Americans and 10 million people worldwide. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's and is associated with a progressive loss of motor control. Despite the increasing prevalence of the disease, there is currently no cure for Parkinson's.

Early Signs of Parkinson's Disease

The Parkinson's Foundation has identified 10 early signs of PD. While no single symptom means you should worry, if you experience more than a few, you should consider talking to your doctor. Early detection and management can help people with Parkinson's live better.

1.Tremors

2. Trouble Moving or Walking

3. Loss of Smell

4. Trouble Sleeping

5. Small Handwriting

6. Soft or Low Voice

7. Constipation

8. Masked Face

9. Stooped or Hunched Over

10. Dizziness or Fainting

 

Treatment

There isn’t a cure for Parkinson’s, but advances in treatment options are making it easier to live with the disease. These include:

  • Medications
  • Deep brain stimulation (Electrodes are implanted in the brain to help control movement.) 
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy

Because Parkinson’s affects each person differently, doctors may use one or a combination of treatment options. With the right treatment, a person with Parkinson’s can lead a happy and fulfilling life.


"Moving Day" - An Inspiring Annual Fundraising Walk Event

Moving Day is an annual fundraising walk event that unites people around the country living with Parkinson’s disease (PD), their caregivers, and loved ones to help beat PD. It’s more than just a walk; it’s a celebration of movement proven to help manage Parkinson’s symptoms. If you cannot attend in person, Moving Day @ Home is a virtual walk that allows individuals across the country to unite for a common cause – to beat Parkinson’s disease.

Join the cause and support Moving Day this April to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.