April 2016: Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month

WHEREAS, Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic progressive neurological disorder affecting approximately 35,000 people in the state of Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, diverse symptoms of PD include rigidity, slowness of movement, poor balance and tremors as well as a host of secondary problems such as memory loss and voice and swallowing difficulties which impact quality of life; and,

WHEREAS, enormous psychological, emotional and physical tolls burden people with PD as well as their families and friends; and,

WHEREAS, effective control of PD can be achieved through medication and/or surgery, in addition to education and rehabilitation programs. There is no known cure; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Parkinson Foundation has been the primary organization in the state of Michigan for over 33 years and establishes programs through a largely volunteer effort to provide education and support for people with Parkinson’s disease, their families and healthcare professionals; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2016 as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month in Michigan.