April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month: How can you take Initiative?

  1. Home
  2. To Us, It's Personal Blog
  3. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

​​​April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month: How can you take Initiative?

Lea Dempsey with her winning design - Courtesy of the Parkinson's Disease FoundationLea Dempsey, a seventh grader from New Jersey, is one of the many children taking initiative in helping their loved ones by raising awareness for Parkinson’s disease. Let’s congratulate her on winning this year’s Annual Parkinson’s Awareness “t-shirt design” contest! She designed the shirt with her grandfather Elwood in mind, as he lived with the disease for over a decade.

You might not know this, but the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation estimates that there are roughly 7 to 10 million people in the world living with Parkinson’s. At a national scale, Parkinson’s Canada estimates that there are about 100,000 Canadians living with the disease! Parkinson’s is a common neuro-degenerative disorder that affects the way people live on a day-to-day basis. If you know someone with Parkinson’s, Home Instead Senior Care Etobicoke​​ employs professional, in-home CAREGiver’s that are available to assist your loved ones complete their daily activities. They are very compassionate, patient, well-educated and trained in specialized care for seniors suffering from not only Parkinson’s, but other diseases or issues. There are plenty of ways Home Instead Senior Care can help. 

So, you’re probably thinking, “How can I do my part? I want to help raise awareness!”

Of course you can! There are countless amounts of approaches, whether you want to make an impact locally or nationally. Throughout the month of April, Home Instead Senior Care Etobicoke will be posting meaningful content relating to Parkinson’s, as well as suggesting ways that you can get involved. Here are a few to get you started off: 

  • Starting off Small
    Educate yourself! Go to caring.com to find a hub of articles and resources to help you understand what Parkinson’s is, how to recognize early signs, and to answer any questions you may have about the disease. 
    How about adding the hashtag “#EndParkinsons” to your Twitter updates? You can forge discussions between your friends and family while you’re visiting together or making it a topic for dinner conversation. 
  • A Bigger Impact
    We’re stepping up with these suggestions! Consider speaking with your manager or supervisor at work about creating an Awareness Fundraising Event. For example, try advertising a “dress-down day” at work, with all proceeds going to Parkinson’s Canada, in which colleagues have to “buy-in” or donate to participate.
  • Making Huge Strides
    Think about going down to your local library and working in partnership with them to create an informative display about Parkinson’s. The library can spotlight resources it has already or you can order pamphlets and publications from Parkinson’s Canada.

You can even plan and schedule Home Instead Senior Care’s Education Coordinator, Jennifer Churchill, to come out and give a short presentation on how we help those with, not only Parkinson’s, but other cognitive diseases or issues. If you are considering this option, email Jennifer at: jchurchill@homeinstead.com, while you’re in the planning stages to ensure she will be available on your potential dates.

Adult son and senior parent 

Helpful Links & Upcoming Awareness Events

Comments

There are no comments on this post.
Looking for advice?

Home Instead offers free monthly newsletters with tips and advice for caregivers of elderly loved ones.

Sign up for advice

Home Instead offers free monthly newsletters with tips and advice for caregivers of elderly loved ones.

Please select at least one newsletter.
Valid email address is required
View sample
View sample
View sample
By submitting your email address, you consent to receive emails from Home Instead, Inc. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy or contact us for more details.