April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

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5 Ways to Raise Parkinson’s Awareness

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on March 27, 2015

With Parkinson’s Awareness Month just around the corner, leading provider of in-home Parkinson’s care in Scottsdale, Home Care Assistance, wants to shed some light on the disease.

Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects an estimated one million American adults. According to the Florida Hospital, the average onset is age 60, which means that new cases are primarily diagnosed in seniors. A lot of research is needed to determine the causes of PD, as well as to find a cure once and for all. Parkinson’s Awareness Month was established to aid these efforts and to increase awareness of the disease. Here are five ways you can play a vital role in this annual effort to help your senior loved one and others with PD.

1. Promote information through social media. If you have a social media page, then you already have a valuable tool to increase PD awareness for free. During the month of April, post a fact about the disease every day. You can also post information about research, funding, and even your own experiences if you wish.

2. Create a community fundraiser. PD walks are one way to participate in fundraising efforts, but you can also raise awareness and money through other methods such as car washes, garage sales, and bake sales.

3. Dine out for PD. Approach local restaurants to see if they would be interested in donating a portion of their sales to PD. Make sure you spread the word, including approaching other Scottsdale caregivers, and tell patrons they must announce they are there to support PD to make sure that sales are donated appropriately.

4. Hang a poster. See if your local library and places of business will allow you to hang a poster highlighting PD awareness during the month of April. You can create your own, or you can download free posters from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

5. Write about it. Sometimes nothing beats the power of the written word when it comes to increasing awareness and persuading others to join a cause. If you have a blog, feel free to pen your experiences. You can also contact your local newspaper for Op-Ed opportunities throughout the month.

For more tips, or to find Parkinson’s care for a senior loved one, reach out to Scottsdale Home Care Assistance. Our expertly trained caregivers can cook, do light housework, run errands, provide transportation and medication reminders, offer mobility support, and provide companionship. Give a trusted Care Manager a call at 480.448.6215 to schedule your free in-home consultation.