Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month


WHEREAS, Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic, progressive, neurological disorder of the central nervous system, affecting more than 1 million people in the United States; and

WHEREAS, 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, the American Parkinson Disease Association has sought to "Ease the Burden - Find the Cure" through research, patient and family services, education and sponsorship through a network of Chapters, Information and Referral Centers, and support groups throughout the United States; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes the efforts of the American Parkinson Disease Association, Hampton Roads Chapter, based in Virginia Beach, to promote awareness and educate the community about Parkinson’s Disease, thereby improving the quality of life for those living with the disease; and

WHEREAS, the world, the nation, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, observe Parkinson ’s Disease Awareness Month in April 2015;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2015 as PARKINSON’S DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.