April 2012: Parkinson's disease Awareness Month

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, though there is no known cure, Michigan is a center for groundbreaking research and new treatments for Parkinson's disease; treatments to take effective control over the disease include medication, physical therapy, rehabilitation programs and sometimes surgery; 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 2012 Parkinson's disease Awareness Month in Michigan.