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 are bringing 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 are making adjustments to this year's Parkinson's Awareness Month activities.  We will launch our activities in our Parkinson's Awareness Month Event Calendar on Wednesday, April 1.

 

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?

If you are person living with or affected by Parkinson disease Parkinson Association of Alberta is pleased to offer no cost support and educational programs ~ including, but not limited to: one-on-one/family sessions, support groups, information, resources, speaker series and webinars. We also offer no- and low cost active programming that include physical (boxing, yoga, exercise), vocal (speech practice, singing), cognitive (art, TMC) and social (activities, outings) options.  And, through our Champions of Hope, we are excited to showcase opportunities to participate in research trials right here in Alberta!

  

 

On a broader scale, for those with or without Parkinson's, there are many ways to help Stop a Thief, click any of the buttons above or below to find out more!

 

Make a donation. Help fund our vital support services and make an impact immediately for those living with Parkinson disease right now; or, help shape the future of Parkinson's by supporting research!

 

 

Get educated.  Education is key to understanding and supporting those with Parkinson disease.  When we are safely able to do so, we welcome invitations to speak to your staff, students, members and the general public to educate them about Parkinson disease and the work we do. 

 

Attend or host a fundraising event.  With no permanent/consistent funding from outside sources (including government), we rely on the generosity of donors, grants, memberships, and of course fundraising initiatives to provide necessary funds.  We, along with others in the community, host a wide array of fun and exciting events that have a positive impact on the Parkinson's community.

 

Volunteer.  Every year hundreds of volunteers lend us their greatest gifts of time, talent and resources to help us ensure that no Albertan has to face Parkinson disease alone.


 

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 actions such volunteering, participating in programs and/or raising funds! 

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