April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month! For those who are not aware of Parkinson’s, we at Freedom Home Care are here to help. To learn about symptoms, treatment and how to get involved this April, continue reading!
What is Parkinson’s?
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing neurons in a specific area of the brain. This area of the brain is called substantia nigra. The cause of Parkinson’s remains largely unknown. Although there is no cure, treatment options vary and include medications and surgery.
Signs of Parkinson’s
One of the first signs of Parkinson’s disease is a slight tremor in your finger, thumb, hand, or chin. Shaking can be normal due to stress, dehydration or excessive physical activity, but a consistent tremor may be cause for concern. A change in handwriting can also be an early sign of Parkinson’s, particularly if your handwriting has gotten smaller over time. Additionally, constipation, loss of smell, and trouble moving or walking for long periods of time are other symptoms.
The first thing to do if you feel you have long lasting symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease is to consult with a physician. From there, you may be referred to a neurologist. Treatments include medication and surgical therapy. Other treatments include lifestyle modifications, like getting more rest and exercise. There are many medications available to treat the Parkinson’s symptoms, although none yet that reverse the effects of the disease.
There are so many ways to get involved and spread awareness for Parkinson’s Awareness Month this April. Volunteering and fundraising are fantastic options to start! The Parkinson’s Foundation‘s website provides great options to explore. You can also join in on a walk to support Parkinson’s. The American Parkinson’s Disease Association is hosting a virtual walk on May 22nd of this year. You can participate in the walk from the comfort of your own home. To register for a walk, click on the “get involved” tab located at www.apdaparkinson.org.
We at Freedom Home Care love to get involved and spread awareness. Staying aware and supporting those suffering from Parkinson’s is the best thing you can do this April! To learn more or to donate to a Parkinson’s foundation, visit Parkinson.org.