Today is World Parkinson's Day!


World Parkinson Day promotes awareness, understanding and hope

TORONTO, ON, April 11, 2016 – World Parkinson Day is a time for individuals and organizations around the globe to unite and raise awareness and bring hope to the 7 million people around the world living with this complicated disease.

World Parkinson's Day, April 11, marks the birthday of Dr. James Parkinson, the English physician who first described symptoms of the disease in his Essay on the Shaking Palsy in 1817. Almost two hundred years later, a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease still changes everything for those living with the disease, including: movement, mood, speech, sense of smell, eating, drinking, sleep and cognitive abilities.

Throughout April, Parkinson Awareness Month, Parkinson Canada groups across the country are reaching out to their communities to promote public awareness and understanding of this complex condition. While some of these events have already taken place, take a moment to visit the interactive map on our website for local event listings. There may still be activities in your town that you can attend.

Today, representatives from our Parkinson Ambassadors will be introduced to the members of the Ontario legislature at Queen's Park. They will be recognized by MPP John Fraser, who will also make a statement about Parkinson Awareness Month. And later this week, Celina Caesar-Chavannes, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, will make a statement in the House of Commons about Parkinson Awareness Month. Awareness leads to understanding, and brings hope to people living with this life changing disease.

Parkinson Canada is also offering two cross-country webinars this month. This first is Voice and communications therapies in Parkinson's disease: Evidence, timing and techniques and will be presented by Dr. Angela Roberts, speech-language pathologist and Parkinson Canada-funded researcher on April 15, from noon to 1 p.m. EDT. You will need a computer and Internet access to participate and advance registration is required. On Thursday April 28, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. a French-language webinar for caregivers will be offered. Social worker Jennifer Héroux-Bourduas and caregiver Cecilia Gaudet, discuss coping strategies for the daily hardships of caring for someone living with a progressive neurological disease. You can register online. For more information, please contact (Quebec office), tel. 514-357-4291 or toll free 1-800-565-3000 ext.3397, or by email at danielle.blain@parkinson.ca.

A diagnosis of Parkinson's disease changes everything. Right now, there are approximately 100,000 individuals living with Parkinson's disease in Canada and by 2031, the Parkinson's population will double.

On World Parkinson's Day, and every day in Canada, another 10 people are diagnosed with this life changing disease. The need for support, education, medical specialists and research is greater than ever. Today is the perfect time to bring help and hope to the people you know living with Parkinson's and those who care for them. Consider making a donation in their honour and we will send them a beautiful card to let them know how much they inspire you.

About Parkinson Canada

Parkinson Canada is the national voice of Canadians living with Parkinson' Disease. From diagnosis to discovery, since 1965 the group provides education, advocacy and support services to people living with Parkinson's, caregivers and health care professionals. The National Research Program funds innovative research to search for better treatments and a cure. Parkinson Canada is an Imagine Canada accredited organization. Visit www.parkinson.ca