World Parkinson’s Day is observed on April 11th every year, to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease (PD) and the impact it has on millions of people worldwide. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that goes beyond tremors. It is a disease that is non-uniform in how people experience it. Some may experience depression and anxiety while others may face sleep and mental fatigue. All of this is to say, no person with Parkinson’s is alike.
Parkinson’s affects an estimated 10 million people worldwide and is the world’s fastest-growing neurological disease. It’s important to note that PD affects not only the person diagnosed but also their ones. The emotional and potential financial toll of PD can be significant, which is why it’s more important than ever to improve how we discuss and manage the disease itself.
World Parkinson’s Day is a day where we recognize the need for awareness and the disease’s overall impact on millions of people worldwide. By increasing awareness, we have the potential to improve the diagnosis process, better treatment options, and enhance the overall support for those affected. If you or someone you know is affected by Parkinson’s, reach out to local organizations and support groups to find resources and connect with others who understand what you’re going through. Together, we can work towards a better future for those living with Parkinson’s.
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