Parkinson’s Awareness Month

To the editor:

This April, millions of people around the world will recognize April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder that is chronic and progressive. It affects many in our own community.

Nearly 1 million Americans are living with Parkinson’s.

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.

Seven to 10 million people worldwide are estimated to be living with Parkinson’s disease.

Incidence of Parkinson’s increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed before the age of 50.

Unfortunately, the cause of Parkinson’s is unknown and presently, there is no cure.

The New Ulm Parkinson’s Support Group invites any community members that may be affected by Parkinson’s to attend their monthly meetings the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Hillside Haven meeting room at Oak Hills Living Center of New Ulm.

Linda Tauer

Prairie Senior Cottages

New Ulm