April is Parkinson's Awareness Month!

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month.  A time when the global community shines a light on Parkinson disease and Parkinson's Plus Syndromes to raise awareness about this progressive neurodegenerative disease and the work being done to help those impacted by it.  We aim to:

  • increase awareness and the level of understanding of Parkinson disease and Parkinson's Plus Syndromes;
  • continue to improve and expand the level of support for those whose lives are affected by Parkinson's; and,
  • raise vital funds to help ensure that no one has to face this disease alone.

 

Since 1973, Parkinson Association of Alberta has been providing direct programming (support, educational and active) to the tens of thousands of Albertans living with and affected by Parkinson disease and Parkinson's Plus Syndromes.  From support groups and one-on-one/family sessions; to speaker series and webinars; to physical, vocal, cognitive and social opportunities we're here to help people on their Parkinson's journey.

 

This year we've brought back our "Stop a Thief" campaign.  This campaign once again aims to highlight TWO important aspects of Parkinson's.  First, that Parkinson disease acts like a thief stealing tangible items/pieces from people both living with and affected by Parkinson's.  And second, that there are things people can do to help "stop" this thief.  Of course, in light of the global COVID-19 situation, we have made adjustments to this year's Parkinson's Awareness Month activities.

 

2020 Parkinson's Awareness Campaign:  Stop a Thief


What would you do if someone was stealing valuable items from your loved one, little by little, piece by piece, over the years? 

 

Would you sit back and do nothing?  OR would you step up and do something about it?

 

Parkinson disease is a cunning thief, slowly stealing a person’s ability to walk, talk, swallow and even smile – little by little, piece after piece.

 

There are currently over 10,000 Albertans living with a Parkinson disease diagnosis; tens of thousands more in those who love and care for them.  Numbers that are set to double within the next twenty years.

 

These Albertans are our mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, daughters and sons, husbands and wives, grandparents, co-workers, neighbors and the people we pass by every day as we go about our lives.  Everyday Albertans who are, piece by piece, losing their ability to move and live life to the fullest.  Who are losing, bit by bit, their confidence and independence.  Everyday Albertans who are losing themselves and the people they love to the thief that is Parkinson disease.  There is no cause and no cure...but there is HOPE.  Together we can help "Stop A Thief."

What can YOU do to help Stop A Thief?


             

 

  • Get Support:  Parkinson’s can steal the ground right from under your feet.  One’s sense of belonging, purpose, joy and stability can be stolen by Parkinson’s.  Parkinson Association offers a variety of support and education programs.  Support programs (one-on-one/family sessions, support groups, peer mentoring, etc) help “stop” feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety, and help regain a sense of self and purpose.  While educational programs, information and resources ensure YOU have the knowledge necessary live well with Parkinson’s or help your loved ones, residents, clients, staff or students do the same.


  • Get Active:  Parkinson’s steals independence, and physical, vocal, social and cognitive ability. Participating in one or more active programs (physical, vocal, cognitive and social) helps “stop” the thief by providing tangible tools to stay active and live well.

  • Volunteer or Make a Donation:  You can also stop the thief that is Parkinson’s with your gifts of time, talent and funds.  To ensure Parkinson Association can continue to carry out the vital work we do we need your help!  Volunteer your time or talent at one of our events or with our day-to-day operations. You can also make a donation or host a third party fundraiser.

 

 

Get Social.  Social media is a fantastic tool that enables millions of people to connect and share on a global platform.  Using hashtags, liking, sharing, retweeting, and reposting are excellent ways to not only help spread awareness but showcase the actions YOU are taking to help "Stop a Thief!" 

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