April, 2014: Parkinson's Awareness Month

WHEREAS, affecting about 1.5 million people throughout the nation, 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 raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease in Michigan, and recognize the importance of continued Parkinson’s disease research, education, programs and support groups;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2014 as Parkinson’s Awareness Month in Michigan.