As Parkinson’s Awareness Month comes to a close, we’d like to thank you for participating in raising awareness for the disease. It is estimated that as few as 7 million and as many as 10 million people worldwide are suffering from the neurological disorder, and it’s heartbreaking. But please, don’t let the month-end stop you! Keep the ball rolling by browsing our suggestions from past posts or do a little research online! The benefits of increased awareness are felt all year round, not only in April.
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We thought we would close this month’s topic by including some advice for CAREGivers and loved ones who might know someone recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Imagine a stone dropping into the water; the exact spot it lands is not the only one affected. The waves that pebble creates extend far out into the distance. The same can be said about your grandma, maybe your uncle, or even your best friend that has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. It does not only affect them, rather, it affects everyone they love and care about. We know this can be a challenging time and we want to help you to begin building a CARE-partnership. They can’t do this on their own.
If you are ever feeling overwhelmed, know that Home Instead Senior Care is here to help you. We have a big group of loving and respectful CAREGivers to relieve you of some of the stress you are feeling.
As we mentioned before, just because this is the last week of April’s Parkinson’s Awareness Month does not mean you have to stop raising awareness:
Starting off Small
Keep up with your social media awareness posts until the 30th at least! As we’ve been suggesting, add the hashtag “#EndParkinsons” or “#HomeInsteadSeniorCare”. You can always spark a discussion at the dinner table or while you’re having lunch with coworkers.
A Bigger Impact
Now that the weather is much nicer, why not plan and host a neighbourhood garage sale with the proceeds going to Parkinson’s Canada or a local Parkinson’s advocacy group? You can create brightly coloured posters advertising the dates and location, or send out invitations on Facebook. The Parkison’s SuperWalk that we talked about in our last post is accepting donations!
Making Huge Strides
Go Global! On September 20th – 23rd, the World Parkinson Congress will be held in Portland, Oregon. If you or a group of people are thinking of joining, make sure that you register yourselves before July 5th! There are a variety of events planned for each day; information sessions, special lectures, workshops, roundtable sessions (described as “Meet the Experts” with time for Q&A), and more.
Helpful Links & Upcoming Awareness Events
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