Raising Awareness – April is Parkinson Month
Parkinson Society Ottawa has been dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s and their families in the Eastern Ontario area since 1978. They coordinate services and programs across Eastern Ontario, in Brockville, Arnprior, Cornwall, Kanata, Ottawa, Orleans, Pembroke, Renfrew, Perth, and Winchester.
That’s just one reason why April is such an important month in the Parkinson community. Throughout Canada and in many places around the world April is Parkinson’s awareness month. In fact, April 11 is a very special day within the Parkinson’s community – it is the birthday of Dr. James Parkinson, who first described the symptoms of the disease in 1817.
We should all be concerned about Parkinson’s because it affects more of us than we think. Did you know that Parkinson’s affects 1 in every 300 people over age 25? In Canada, there are more than 100,000 people living with Parkinson’s and that number is expected to increase dramatically over the next 10 years as our population ages. While most people with Parkinson’s are seniors, each year, there are a significant number of people diagnosed before 50 years of age, and 1 in 10 people with Parkinson’s is under 65.
Although the cause of Parkinson’s is not yet clear, scientists believe a combination of genetic and environmental factors are involved. At this time, there is no known prevention for Parkinson’s disease, and treatments help to manage symptoms, only. There is no cure, but by raising awareness we can help raise funds for those searching for a cure and for urgently needed support programs.
You can help!
Parkinson Society Ottawa is currently looking for Parkinson’s Physiotherapy program assistant