April 2019: Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month in Michigan

WHEREAS, Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive neurological disorder affecting approximately 30,000 people in the state of Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, diverse symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include rigid muscles, slow movement, tremors, and problems with balance, in addition to a host of secondary problems such as depression, loss of smell, memory loss, speech and swallowing difficulties, which impact quality of life; and,

WHEREAS, enormous psychological, emotional, and physical tolls burden people living with Parkinson’s disease, and their care partners, family, and friends; and,

WHEREAS, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, however symptoms can be managed with medications, exercise, and late in the disease, surgery may be recommended; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Parkinson Foundation has been the primary independent non-profit organization in the state of Michigan for over 36 years. Their mission is to educate and provide direct patient support to people affected by Parkinson’s disease, their loved ones, and care partners, as well as healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals with the disease, and to ensure that everyone with Parkinson’s disease or a related disorder has access to responsive quality care and support; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 2019 as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month in Michigan.