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Thursday, April 10, 2014
senior home photo Parkinson's Disease

April is National Parkinson's Awareness Month so we collected our favorite Parkinson's resources for you. We've included some quick facts about Parkinson's and websites designed to help professionals, caregivers, spouses and patients on their journey.

Parkinson's Disease: The Facts

  • Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that worsens over time
  • 50,000-60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and nearly one million people in the United States have Parkinson's Disease
  • The cause is unknown, and there's no cure
  • April is National Parkinson's Awareness Month, and April 11th is World Parkinson's Disease Day
The following organizations offer information and resources to patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals relating to Parkinson's Disease:

Parkinson's Disease Organizations

National Parkinson's Foundation

The National Parkinson's Foundation website has materials for patients, caregivers and professionals. Article libraries, forums, stories and white papers are just a few of the resources available on this site.

Parkinson's Disease Foundation

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation's website has webinars and information on research initiatives, understanding Parkinson's, living with Parkinson's and getting involved.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research

The Michael J. Fox Foundation website focuses on providing information on living with Parkinson's and research opportunities. His optimistic message grows from his own experience with Parkinson's.

American Parkinson Disease Association

The American Parkinson Disease Association is dedicated to its mission to "Ease the Burden - Find the Cure." With local chapters across the United States, it continues to research, raise awareness and serve patients.

Practical Advice And Help For Caregivers

Well Spouse Association

The Well Spouse Association is a member driven organization with events and support groups for caregivers. It's focus is supporting and educating the patient's spouse.

Caregiver Action Network

From the network's website, "The Caregiver Action Network is the nation's leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age."

Products To Aid Parkinson Patients

DME Supply Group - Aids To Daily Living

Patient's with Parkinson's can find it difficult to do the most routine tasks such as putting on socks or zipping up a coat. The aids to daily living section of the DME Supply Group website has products that can help. Reachers, steady write pens, large handled utensils, non-slip socks, and dressing aids make it possible for Parkinson's patients to thrive in their home.

What Do You Think?

Do you have a favorite Parkinson's Disease website to share? Please leave a comment. Photo by Ralph Zuranski 


by: DME Supply Group


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