As April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, we invite you to examine the staggering statistics surrounding Parkinson’s Disease (via The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation).
- As many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, which is more than the number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) combined.
- Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected.
- An estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease.
- Incidence of Parkinson’s increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with PD are diagnosed before the age of 50.
- Men are one and a half times more likely to have Parkinson’s than women.
At CaraVita Home Care we train our caregivers in relaxation and mobility exercise regimens to help with the rigidity that a client with Parkinson’s experiences. Many of the caregivers rave how effective it is in getting someone up or helping them relax during the day. The exercise and relaxation routine was developed by a physical therapist and incorporate simple movement patterns that do not require thought but allow for muscle and joint relaxation to create greater range of motion and ease of performing transfers and ADL’s. Join our caregiver team and learn more in our continuing education trainings at the Academy of CaraVita.
Think about who you know in your life that may be affected with this disease. Do they know about the many resources that exist to support those in this fight? We’re very fortunate to have the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, GA Chapter in our corner. And, thanks to the success of the inaugural “Moving Day Atlanta” event, the National Parkinson Foundation has grant money available for those in need.