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Parkinson's Disease Foundation Turns to Social Media During Awareness Month

Here in Atlanta and around the country, we need to be aware that April is Parkinson's Awareness Month.

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is pleased to offer free resources and tools to support communities around the United States in making a difference during Parkinson's Awareness Month. This includes social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.

During the month of April alone, 5,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with Parkinson's. Earlier this year, the National Center for Health Statistics reported an increase in the death rate for Parkinson's, demonstrating an urgent need for better treatments, improved care and a cure for neurological diseases such as Parkinson's. As part of the solution, PDF emphasizes in its research, education and advocacy programs, tools that can empower individuals working at the grassroots level to propel the cause forward.

With this philosophy, PDF offers its 2012 "Make a Difference in the Fight Against Parkinson's Toolkit and Campaign." The centerpiece of the campaign is a print and online toolkit, "30 Ways to Raise Awareness of Parkinson's," available free to individuals touched by Parkinson's, support groups and health care professionals.

Like with any disease, education is key. The PDF is offering free educational programs, including an online PD ExpertBriefing, "Parkinson's Medications: Today and Tomorrow," on Tuesday, April 17 or one of PDF's "Pair up for Parkinson's Research" forums around the country. Physical therapists can join, Parkinson's Disease: A Practical Approach to Evaluation and Treatment for the Physical Therapist, on Friday, April 20 in New York, NY, or online.

Those concerned should spread the word. Get on social media and use free downloadable banners from PDF's website or by submitting your works to the 2012 "Make a Difference in the Fight Against Parkinson's Photo and Video Campaign."

Here in Atlanta, we can support PDF Champions Ambassador and WNBA Star Ivory Latta's First Celebrity-Bowl-a-Thon on Thursday. A great event for a great cause.

PDF Executive Director Robin Elliott spoke about the impact of Parkinson's Awareness Month, "I never cease to be amazed by the inspiring people with Parkinson's and loved ones who have taken charge and 'made a difference' in their own lives and in their communities. They are the ones who move the cause forward for all of us, and for future generations, during Parkinson's Awareness Month and beyond."

PDF volunteer and person with Parkinson's, Pam Quinn, of Brooklyn, NY, summarized the importance of individuals who make a difference during April, "Awareness of Parkinson's leads to compassion, compassion leads to giving, giving leads to research, and research will lead to a cure."

To learn more about any of these resources, or to order your free materials, including "30 Ways to Raise Awareness of Parkinson's," please contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, or

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Source Date: Apr 02 2012
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