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Apr. 11 - Right at Home Supports Parkinson's Awareness Month

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GOOD MORNING DELMARVA - As part of April's annual Parkinson's Awareness Month, Americans are invited to participate in fun and educational events across the country to help fight Parkinson's, a progressive neurological disease often associated with tremors, slow or uncontrolled movement, and impaired balance. Approximately 1 million Americans have Parkinson's, and 50,000 to 60,000 new Parkinson's cases are diagnosed each year in the United States.

April 11 is designated World's Parkinson's Day when people across the globe are encouraged to better understand the disease and be advocates for Parkinson's patients and their families. In America, Moving Day® events help celebrate movement's pivotal role in treating Parkinson's and symbolizing hope and progress in fighting the disorder. Moving Day is sponsored by the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), one of the leaders in Parkinson's cutting-edge research, advancement of clinical care, education and outreach. Moving Day unites families, friends and communities in spotlighting Parkinson's on a national level and raising funds to support care and research initiatives to beat the neurodegenerative brain disorder.

In hosting Moving Day, NPF partners with select corporations including Right at Home, Inc., a leading international provider of in-home companion and personal care to senior citizens and others. Right at Home is a Hope Sponsor of Moving Day. Each Moving Day event features shorter, family friendly walk routes, food and music, plus a Movement Pavilion with activity stations such as yoga, Tai Chi, dance and Pilates, which are proven to help manage Parkinson's symptoms.

"It's an honor to partner with the National Parkinson Foundation to support Moving Day and the thousands of participants who will walk, run, stretch, dance and have fun to benefit the cause of progressive treatment and care for people with Parkinson's," said Warren Miller, CEO of Right at Home, Salisbury MD. A champion of helping NPF fighting Parkinson's disease, Right at Home works to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson's and provides an extra hand to loved ones caring for anyone dealing with limitations of the troublesome disease.

In spreading the word about Parkinson's and finding a cure, people are challenged to join the cause in a variety of ways. Participation any time of year includes spending time with someone who has Parkinson's; volunteering for a local chapter event; participating in a local fundraiser; joining a local support group or starting your own; and starting a daily exercise routine. Research shows that in addition to advanced medications, movement and exercise help slow the disease's progression and are central to maintaining balance and mobility in people with Parkinson's.

Early diagnosis of Parkinson's gives individuals the best possibility for healthier living. Initial warning signs of Parkinson's disease include:

  • Tremor or shaking
  • Small handwriting
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble moving or walking
  • Constipation
  • A soft or low voice
  • Masked or serious-look face
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Stooping or hunching over

Anyone experiencing any of these symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease is encouraged to see a doctor to help diagnose the illness and rule out other possible symptom causes. The muscle-movement disease is not fatal itself, but the Centers for Disease Control lists Parkinson's complications as the 14th leading cause of death in America. Currently, there is no cure for this neurodegenerative brain disease, and cases are expected to rise significantly worldwide in the next 20 years as the aging population increases.

Research specialists worldwide continue to study and improve diagnosis and treatment options with the aim to someday cure the nervous system disorder. For information about Parkinson's disease, Parkinson's Awareness Month and Moving Day events, visit www.parkinson.org or call 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636).

 

About Right at Home --

Founded in 1995, Right at Home, Inc. is an international franchise organization based in Omaha, Neb. Independently owned and operated franchise units offer in-home care and assistance to seniors and disabled adults who want to continue to live independently. Right at Home offices directly employ all caregiving staff. Each caregiver is thoroughly screened, trained, bonded and insured prior to entering a client's home. All ongoing care is monitored and supervised by the more than 250 local franchise offices located across 41 states nationwide and throughout the world. For more information on Right at Home, visit About Right at Home or read the Right at Home caregiving blog. Sign up for Right at Home's free adult caregiving e-newsletter, Caring Right at Home.

 

About Right at Home of Salisbury MD --

The Salisbury MD office of Right at Home is a locally owned and operated franchise office of Right at Home, Inc., serving the communities of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset, Dorchester, Talbot and Sussex county. For more information, contact Right at Home of Salisbury MD at www.shorehomecare.com, 410-213-2505 or by email at Michele@shorehomecare.com.

 

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