In 2010, the U.S. Senate designated April as the official national Parkinson's Awareness Month. For those helping a loved one with Parkinson's or Alzheimer's care, recognition of the struggle with the high-profile conditions may be bittersweet as a cure seems distant and treatment options are limited.
The CareGiver Partnership, based in Wisconsin, offers tips to help those afflicted with Parkinson's live an independent and active life. Home modifications can help with mobility, such as raising the height of bathroom features for easier access and installing grab bars and handles in strategic locations.
"As the Parkinson's community takes action in April to raise awareness, we remind readers to support a cure by hosting or attending a fundraising event in your community," said Lynn Willson, CareGiver Partnership co-founder. "It's also important to educate yourself and others about living with Parkinson's."
The National Parkinson's Foundation also recommends community fundraising to help researchers in their goal of changing the lives of the more than 4 million people stricken with the disease. For those who don't have the ability to donate, volunteering at events held across the country in April can show support and help foundations realize the funds they need to succeed.