World Parkinson’s Day is April 11, 2011

April 11 is World Parkinson’s Day. The goal of World Parkinson’s Day is to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and its effects on individuals, families and the community. It is hoped that greater awareness will reduce stigma associated with the disease, and that enhanced community understanding and awareness will lead to better a quality of life for those suffering with the condition.

Parkinson’s is a progressive degenerative disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms of the disease are caused by a lack of the neurochemical dopamine . Dopamine is a chemical that carries signals between nerves in the brain and control movement.

Onset of the disease is typically between age 40 and 50. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s, but scientists are hopeful that with more research, a cure can be found. Progress has been made in finding ways to better the quality of life of persons suffering with the disease.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremors, stiffness and slowness, impaired balance, muscle rigidity, and speech difficulties. Symptoms are treated with medication, physical, occupational and speech therapies, as well as exercise.

Aquassure Accessible Baths is a Canadian manufacturer of accessible bathtubs for people with mobility challenges, including those that have Parkinson’s. People with mobility challenges often cannot get in and out of traditional soaker bathtubs. Aquassure bathtubs replace home bathtubs with a deep-soak spa tub that is accessible from walkers, and wheelchairs, enabling our customers to bathe safely.

To find out what events are going on in your area on World Parkinson’s Day, please visit (Canada) or (USA).

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