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April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month 2024

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month 2024
Published on Thursday, April 4, 2024, 10:45 AM by DANA DEROUCHEY

April is Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, chosen because it is the birth month of James Parkinson, who first identified the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease more than 200 years ago. Since then, we have made considerable progress towards understanding what causes the motor symptoms we most associate with Parkinson’s disease (PD), and along the way, we have begun to appreciate a broad spectrum of non-motor symptoms that were not initially recognized as part of the disease.

For us and the one million Americans living with Parkinson’s, Parkinson’s awareness is more than a month. It’s about bringing attention to a life-changing disease that is on the rise and connecting people to critical resources.

This month-long campaign focuses on an important part of PD awareness —educating everyone on the many symptoms that impact daily life and how to address them. It’s also about helping people recognize the early signs that can lead to an earlier diagnosis and overall better quality of life.

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