ALGONQUIN – As part of April’s annual Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Americans are invited to participate in fun and educational events across the country to help fight Parkinson’s, a progressive neurological disease often associated with tremors, slow or uncontrolled movement, and impaired balance. Approximately 1 million Americans have Parkinson’s, and 50,000 to 60,000 new Parkinson’s cases are diagnosed each year in the United States.
April 11 is designated Moving Day by the National Parkinson Foundation. Moving Day unites families, friends and communities in spotlighting Parkinson’s on a national level and raising funds to support care and research initiatives to beat the neurodegenerative brain disorder.
In hosting Moving Day, NPF partners with select corporations including Right at Home Inc., a leading provider of in-home companion and personal care to senior citizens and others. Right at Home is a Hope Sponsor of Moving Day. Each Moving Day event features shorter, family-friendly walk routes, food and music, plus a Movement Pavilion with activity stations such as yoga, tai chi, dance and pilates, which are proven to help manage Parkinson’s symptoms.
“It’s an honor to partner with the National Parkinson Foundation to support Moving Day and the thousands of participants who will walk, run, stretch, dance and have fun to benefit the cause of progressive treatment and care for people with Parkinson’s,” said Jeanette Palmer, president of Right at Home in Algonquin. A champion of helping NPF fighting Parkinson’s disease, Right at Home works to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s and provides an extra hand to loved ones caring for anyone dealing with limitations of the troublesome disease.
In spreading the word about Parkinson’s and finding a cure, people are challenged to join the cause in a variety of ways. Participation any time of year includes spending time with someone who has Parkinson’s, volunteering for a local chapter event, participating in a local fundraiser, joining a local support group or starting your own, and starting a daily exercise routine. Research shows that in addition to advanced medications, movement and exercise help slow the disease’s progression and are central to maintaining balance and mobility in people with Parkinson’s.
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. masked or serious-looking face, dizziness or 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. The muscle-movement disease is not fatal itself, but the Centers for Disease Control 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 specialists worldwide continue to study and improve diagnosis and treatment options with the aim to someday cure the nervous system disorder. For information about Parkinson’s disease, Parkinson’s Awareness Month and Moving Day events, visit www.parkinson.org or call 800-473-4636.
The northwest suburban location of Right at Home is a locally operated, women-owned franchise office of Right at Home Inc. It has been servicing the northwest suburbs for the past 10 years, including Barrington, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Palatine, McHenry, Rosemont and Park Ridge. For more information, visit rightathomealgonquin.com, call 847-458-8656 or email at jpElder99.com.