April 2011: Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month

Date:  April 01, 2011  -  April 30, 2011
Time: All Day Event
WHEREAS, affecting approximately 30,000 people in Michigan, Parkinson's disease is a chronic progressive neurological disorder that takes an enormous physical, psychological and emotional toll on patients and their families; and, 

WHEREAS, the most common symptoms of Parkinson's disease include tremors that often begin in the hands, impaired balance and posture, rigidity and a general slowness of movement, however other symptoms may also include speech difficulties and memory loss; and, 

WHEREAS, treatments to take effective control over Parkinson's disease include medication, physical therapy, rehabilitation programs and sometimes surgery, however there is no known cure; and,  

WHEREAS, during this month, we recognize the importance of continued Parkinson's disease research, education, programs and support groups, and raise awareness of Parkinson's disease in Michigan; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2011 Parkinson's disease Awareness Month in Michigan.