August 17th, 2019

Parkinson’s Awareness Month campaign launched

By Bobinec, Greg on April 5, 2019.

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald

Parkinson disease is a cunning thief that slowly steals a person’s ability to walk, talk, swallow and smile, and currently there are over 10,000 Albertans living with a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

With April being Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the Parkinson Association of Alberta (PAA) has launched their new campaign, Stop a Thief, to get the community involved with helping stop the disease that takes away valuable functions from loved ones.

The second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease is Parkinson’s disease, with an incidence rate that is expected to double by 2030. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease go further than visible tremors. Anxiety, depression, apathy, cognitive issues, and sleep disturbances play a role in the life with Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson disease can affect everyone, including the people who have to care for their suffering loved ones. Everyday, Albertans are losing themselves and the people they loved to the thief that is Parkinson’s disease, as there is no current cure, but the Parkinson Association of Alberta wants to work together to help Stop a Thief.

The PAA is dedicated to helping make every day better for Albertans affected by Parkinson’s, with all of the money raised going toward funding the best resources, services, programs, support and research to benefit Albertans.

In Lethbridge over the next month, the PAA will be hosting a movie night and social, from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 10 at the Lethbridge Public Library. They will be lighting up Lethbridge City Hall on the evening of April 11. On April 18, PAA will be hosting a town hall event at the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization with CEO John Petryshen to learn more about the disease and about the programs and services they offer. The PAA also has plenty of volunteer opportunities for people to lend their time, talent and resources to help people not suffer alone with Parkinson’s disease. If you would like to volunteer, visit parkinson

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