Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Parkinson's Awareness Month

Did you know that April is Parkinson's Awareness Month?

According to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, "Parkinson's disease (PD) is a movement disorder that is chronic and progressive, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time." It affects the central nervous system, in particular, a section of the brain called the substania nigra. While PD is primarily diagnosed in elderly patients, it can affect people of all ages, and an estimated 60,000 people are diagnosed in the United States each year.

At this time, there is no known cause nor cure for Parkinson's disease. Fortunately, the Parkinson's Disease Foundation has taken up the campaign for increased research of this disease, as well as educating the public about PD.

We have created a display of our materials regarding Parkinson's disease and other brain health issues. We also have Parkinson's Awareness Month calendars for you to take home. Come to the second floor to check out the display and help us shatter the myths about Parkinson's Disease!

Here are just a few of the books we have on display:

Saving Milly by Morton Kondracke

Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox

Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks


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