From Our ReadersIssue Date: April 6, 2017
Letter to Editor:
In April, I invited our Marinette, Menominee and surrounding area neighbors to take part in National Parkinson's Awareness Month. Nearly one million Americans live with Parkinson Disease, which is more than Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, and Muscular Dystrophy combined, and over 20,000 of our neighbors in Wisconsin along with 30,000 persons in Michigan have been diagnosed with the disease. Awareness is vitally important as it opens the doors to many resources to assist with the daily challenges they face.
Neurologists have classified Parkinson's as a movement disorder, characterized by Four key motor symptoms: tremor, muscle rigidity and stiffness, slowness of movement, freezing and impaired balance and coordination.
Like many other neurological disorders the cause of PD is unknown, but both environmental and genetic factors are thought to be involved. There is currently no cure for PD, but numerous medications and treatment options are available to improve symptoms and the quality of life for the people with the disease.
There are many local resources available as well as a support group to help PD patients, family and caregivers. These make living with PD easier and gives quality of life as well as support and comfort to all involved. Printed material is always available that is provided by the Wisconsin, American, National, Parkinson foundation as well as the Michael J. Fox foundation.
We invite communities to support Parkinson Awareness Month. For more information please contact any of the above groups or our local support group at 906-863-9445.
Thank you for your support and look forward to a future of continued awareness, resources, education and a cure for this disease.
Governor Scott Walker issued a proclamation stating:
"Whereas, Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the central nervous system and is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the United States; and
Whereas; symptoms of Parkinson's disease vary from per to person and include tremors, slowness, rigidity, cognitive problems, dementia, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, constipation, skin problems, sleep disruption, and difficulty with balance, swallowing, chewing, and speaking; and
Whereas; there is inadequate data on the incidence and prevalence of Parkinson's disease and it is estimated that the disease affects more than one million Americans; and
Whereas; the exact cause and course of the disease is unknown, there is no objective test for Parkinson's, and the rate of misdiagnosis can be high with no cure, therapy, or drug to slow or halt the disease; and
Whereas; volunteers, researchers, caregivers, and medical professionals are working to improve the quality of life for persons with Parkinson's disease and their families; and
Whereas; increased education and research are needed to help find more effective treatments with fewer side effects and, ultimately, an effective treatment or cure for Parkinson's disease;
Now, Therefore, I, Scott Walker, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby proclaim April 2017 as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month throughout the State of Wisconsin and I commend this observance to all of our citizens."
The Red Horse Parkinson Alliance
M&M Area Parkinson Support Group
Patricia Gillaume Ihler, facilitator
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