by Bernice Detig Development Manager, Los Angeles & Ventura
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and I, along with Parkinson’s Foundation, California Chapter urge everyone in Southern California to join our community as we promote greater awareness of how Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects the one million Americans living with PD, and their families
Awareness is even more critical now during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure that we are reaching this vulnerable community to provide the tools and resources they need to better manage the disease from home or in the event of a hospital stay. These tools include the Parkinson’s Foundation Aware in Care hospital safety kit, medical alert card, a customizable medication schedule and more.
To get involved, individuals can take part in the Foundation’s many online programs, including Moving Day Virtual, an online event that encourages the Parkinson’s community to move and fundraise to support better research, care and resources. Additionally, PD Health @ Home offers virtual health and wellness programs to stay safe and healthy at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Community members can also share these online programs, their story or others’ stories on social media.
My uncle is affected by Parkinson’s Disease and daily takes life changing medications, exercises and lives his best life at home during this pandemic. Together, we can make life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. I can be reached at 562-317-4866 [email protected]
If you have been diagnosed with or care for someone with Parkinson’s Disease, please know that you are not alone at the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group.
For more information and meeting dates please call Patty Jenkins at 805-766-6070 or email her at [email protected].