April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month
In 2017 the U.S. Senate declared April Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Our team at Era Living is working hard to increase awareness about Parkinson’s Disease.
Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease. Like most neurodegenerative diseases it is progressive, and intensifies over time. Parkinson’s affects nerve cells in the brain. It breaks down dopamine pathways. Tremors are often the first symptoms we notice in loved ones with Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s: Where Science is Today
Currently, research scientists are studying the potential root causes of Parkinson’s. And, how this disease works inside the human brain. While progress is being made, there is no cure for Parkinson’s.
Though, there are many methods that help slow the progression of Parkinson’s. Healthy diet and exercise are important. In fact, Parkinson’s patients can benefit a great deal from daily exercise. And, many Parkinson’s patients find that boxing classes are especially helpful.
Neurologists, and other doctors with expertise in the treatment of Parkinson’s, often use medications to treat the symptoms. Also, non-drug based protocols are part of the Parkinson’s treatment protocol. For example, many Parkinson’s patients do well in physical therapy.
Parkinson’s: We Need More Experts
Every year about 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s. As life expectancy rises Parkinson’s diagnoses are expected to increase.
There is a growing shortage of doctors with Parkinson’s expertise. The Michael J Fox Foundation is partnering with several institutions to recruit more medical professionals to meet the growing need.
Parkinson’s: Beyond the Patient
People living with Parkinson’s may require care. Family members often provide this care. Care taking work can be stressful, and demanding. This is why it is important for caretakers to have support. Here is a link to five ways for caretakers to maintain their health.
Depression is a common side of care taking. Staying in touch with those you love is particularly important.
If you are the friend of a caretaker, we encourage you to reach out, and stay connected.