April is known as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, and while awareness building campaigns are not restricted to just one month of the year, here’s what you can do to make a difference in the lives of those with Parkinson’s.
First, let’s start with better understanding the disease.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease is a nervous system disorder where nerve cells in a region of the brain are damaged.
The nerve cells that are damaged are the cells that control the smooth usage of muscles and movement. Parkinson’s primarily affects those aged over 65, however there are cases of early onset.
- Slowness of movement
- Muscle stiffness
- Sudden, temporary inability to move
It is an incurable, progressive disease with no determinant cause.
How you can get involved during Parkinson’s awareness
Supporting those affected by Parkinson’s and spreading awareness can truly make a difference. Here are a few ways you can get involved:
- You can attend one of the many fundraising events held throughout Australia during this month, where donations and participation is always welcomed.
- You could even host your own fundraiser or event through a multitude of Parkinson’s organisations in Australia.
- You can raise awareness on social media by posting about this month on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn.
- You can simply wear the internationally recognised colour for Parkinson’s Disease, which is purple, whether it be through a ribbon, a shirt or even a pin.
Every action, no matter how big or small, makes a difference this month!
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