April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, a time to think about how much you know about the disease.
You may know about the tremors and stiffness that gradually take over patients’ bodies. You may know about famous people with the disease, including Michael J. Fox. For what you may not know, there’s the PD Library.
If you have Parkinson’s disease or care for someone who does, you need information. And you might just find answers in the PD Library. The free online resource — maintained by the Parkinson’s Foundation — is a gold mine for anyone with an interest in the disease.
About 60,000 Americans get a Parkinson’s diagnosis every year. The movement disorder happens when brain cells can’t produce enough dopamine. There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but there is help for those experiencing symptoms.
The library includes PSAs, podcasts and pamphlets about such things as hallucinations, medication adherence and nutrition.
Medical providers might want to take a look: There are videos of webcasts for nurses who care for patients with Parkinson’s disease and for caregivers who need help with such things as engaging patients in their own care and administering medication.
Even if you don’t know someone with Parkinson’s disease, it’s worth checking out the library. It brings the symptoms of the disease to life, and that’s what awareness is all about.