Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month 2016


WHEREAS, Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder of the central nervous system affecting more than one million people in the United States; and

WHEREAS, though the exact cause and progression of Parkinson’s disease is still unknown, research suggests that it may be a combination of genetic and environmental factors; and

WHEREAS, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease vary from person to person and can include tremors; slowness of movement and rigidity; difficulty with balance, swallowing, chewing, and speaking; cognitive impairment and dementia; mood disorders such as depression and anxiety; and other symptoms; and

WHEREAS, is it important that research, awareness, and support continue for those affected by Parkinson’s disease; and

WHEREAS, Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month is an opportunity to educate the public about this neurological disorder;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2016 as PARKINSON’S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.