National Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Parkinson’s disease—a central nervous system disorder—currently affects more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. Sixty thousand Americans are diagnosed every year. There is no cure.

The major symptoms include tremors, rigidity, an inability to balance and slowness of motion. Medication can mask the symptoms but can’t control the progression of the disease. As a result, Parkinson’s affects every part of the body and mind.

The disease impacts not only the person with Parkinson’s, but also the diagnosed person’s caretaker, forever changing the lives of both individuals.

“You are not alone” is the message the Brevard-Hendersonville Parkinson’s Support Group wants to convey. The group supports Parkinson’s patients in Transylvania and Henderson Counties and meets the second Tuesday of each month, except for in June and August, at the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Brevard. Co-publicist for the group Dave Eden says, “There is something very therapeutic about sharing your hopes and realities with others.”

Info: 862-8820 or 691-0903.

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