National Parkinson Foundation: Moving Day
It happens every day over and over again across the United States, as well as across the globe. A person is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In the United States, nearly 60,000 people each year face this difficult and painful diagnosis – nearly enough people to fill Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers.
What Is Parkinson's?
Parkinson's disease is a neurological movement disorder that acts progressively taking the most competent of men and women into a battle to complete simple daily tasks. Unlike Alzheimer's, Parkinson’s affects 50 percent more men than women and the earliest stages of the disorder generally appear in a person's early to mid-60's. There are no known cures for Parkinson's, but medications, and in extreme cases surgery, can drastically control the symptoms of Parkinson's.
What Is Being Done?
There may not be a complete solution to Parkinson's disease, but there is a lot that can be done by organizations and individuals alike. The National Parkinson Foundation continues to grow its Moving Day initiative. Across the country, people from all backgrounds gather together to support the cause. To educate and serve as an outreach program, to fundraise to provide cutting edge research for doctors to treat Parkinson's, to advance the care each person battling Parkinson's, and to raise awareness of the growing prevalence of Parkinson's and the need for support of each and every community.
Moving Day is a growing phenomenon. The initiative is still a baby. 2017 will mark another year of Moving Day, and the success it has seen is noteworthy. In 2016 over three million dollars were raised, over 1,400 teams banded together to move for the cause, and over 20 events were held across the country.
Right at Home & The National Parkinson Foundation
Right at Home's mission is to improve the quality of life for those we serve. That mission is an all-encompassing call, and a reason we function as a national sponsor of Moving Day. We are proud to support families and individuals who battle neurological diseases like Parkinson's, Alzheimer’s, and other dementias, both in our clients’ homes and in the larger community.