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April is Parkinson's Awareness Month

April 27, 2010

Mayor Tom Barrett and County Executive Scott Walker Designate April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month

 

The Wisconsin Parkinson Association is sponsoring a double proclamation presentation on April 27, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. during a dessert reception at its West Allis Support Group meeting. Mayor Tom Barrett and County Executive Scott Walker, who issued the proclamations, have been invited. For the first time, April has been designated nationally – and officially – by the U.S. Senate as Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and now the City of Milwaukee and County of Milwaukee also officially mark this occasion.

 

Raising awareness is vital in the search for a cure, as Parkinson disease affects more than one million Americans. According to a recent study by Washington University in St. Louis, the Milwaukee metropolitan area may have one the highest prevalence rates in the United States, with as many as 13,000 cases.

 

The public is invited to attend this free reception and presentation on April 27, 7:00 p.m. at:

West Allis Parkinson Disease Support Group

Aurora West Allis Medical Center

8901 W. Lincoln Avenue, Meeting Room C

West Allis, WI 53227

 

“This disease affects not only the lives of the individual but also those of their families and friends,” says Executive Director Jay R. Blankenship. “Parkinson’s is a chronic, progressive neurological disease that affects movement, speaking, and cognitive function. It is the second-most common neurological disease, behind only Alzheimer’s disease. The National Institute of Health estimates that as many as 50,000 new cases of Parkinson disease are reported annually – a figure that is expected to increase as our population ages. With so many people living with this devastating disease, these proclamations and the acknowledgment by our local government help play an important role in raising awareness about Parkinson’s.”

 

About the Wisconsin Parkinson Foundation

 

Founded in 1984, now with 5,500 members in five states, the Wisconsin Parkinson Association strives to increase public awareness about Parkinson disease, leading to greater public support, improved treatment options for patients, better assistance to caregivers and families, and increased funding for Parkinson disease research. Staff conducts local and regional education programs about Parkinson’s and provides literature, videotaped educational material, and a speaker’s bureau. The WPA coordinates community support groups throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Michigan that assist people with Parkinson disease and their caregivers and families.

 

The Wisconsin Parkinson Association, located at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, is the nonprofit arm of the Regional Parkinson Center (RPC), a comprehensive care center that provides diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, education, and research; the RPC serves between 5,000 and 10,000 persons per year. Also under the umbrella of the RPC is the Parkinson Research Institute, which is dedicated to gathering and analyzing data to discover the cause of Parkinson’s, improve treatment options, and find a cure.

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