GENESEO, N.Y., Apr. 26, 2023 – Each year during the month of April, organizations and individuals from across the Country come together during Parkinson’s Awareness Month to educate the public on the impacts of this disease.
The second most-common neurodegenerative disease following Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that causes involuntary or uncontrollable movements including shaking, stiffness and difficulty with balance and coordination. Parkinson’s disease is estimated to cost $52 billion annually in the United States as a result of direct and indirect costs.
In 2022, a study backed by the Parkinson’s Foundation revealed that nearly 90,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the United States annually – roughly a 50 percent increase from the previously estimated rate of 60,000 annual diagnoses. Currently, there are nearly 10 million people living with Parkinson’s disease worldwide including over one million in the U.S.
With the prevalence of Parkinson’s disease on the rise over the last 50 years, the need for further research and education, expanded treatment and improved access to care are critical. As a result, the Parkinson’s Foundation has established a tool kit where individuals can share important information across social media, subscribe or listen to Parkinson’s disease-related podcasts, take part in monthly challenges and much more.
Learn more about Parkinson’s disease and its impacts or gain access to educational materials by visiting the Parkinson’s Foundation website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.