Every year, the world celebrates Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April. Whether we are in quarantine or not, this month aims to raise awareness about Parkinson’s Disease. Every year, we shed light on this disease that has no cure and no treatment. We look for ways to participate productively to let more and more people gain an understanding and help those who are suffering from it, feel included. Before we go on spreading awareness, it is essential that we first educate ourselves on this disease and then step out.
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. It causes a malfunction to essential brain cells, called “neurons”, and often kills some of them. These neurons are responsible for our movement, emotional responses, and the ability to feel pleasure and pain.
We find that most of our clients have questions about what it looks like in the early stages of this disease. The following are just a few of the early signs of Parkinson’s Disease:
- You might feel a minor shaking or tremor in hands, chin, lips, or legs.
- You might lose your sense of smell.
- Your handwriting might change; for instance, you start writing smaller as compared to before.
- You might feel a stiffness in your body, arms, or legs.
- You might start feeling dizzy more often, or you might faint.
- Your balance and coordination might be impaired.
If you or anyone you know or live with have any of the above symptoms, you should consider contacting your doctor. What you may not realize is that more than 50,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease each year in America.
Waiting for these symptoms to consider planning forward is never the best choice. In our estate planning practice we always encourage planning sooner, rather than later. Many of the choices you need to complete rely heavily on your capacity. This means that planning early and well, is critical.
Do you want to help others, in addition to increasing awareness this month? Let us share a few of the following ways you can make a difference for those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease during Parkinson’s Awareness Month:
- Take a pledge to start a conversation about Parkinson’s Disease.
- Share your story so you may let others know that they are not alone.
- Host a fundraiser and donate all the proceeds to help people suffering from Parkinson’s.
- Join a walk organized to raise awareness for Parkinson’s.
- Start a support group.
We know this blog may raise more questions than it answers. To find out more about Parkinson’s and how you can make a difference, visit, and support the Parkinson’s Foundation. Let us help you plan forward now, or at any point in the future. Do not hesitate to contact our law firm.