Parkinson’s Awareness Month
April is Parkinson’s Awareness month! Let’s work together and spread awareness and hope in our communities.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s is a progressive brain disease for which there is no cure. Over 100,000 Canadians and over 6 million people worldwide have Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s Disease starts when there isn’t enough Dopamine available to send signals to control movement in the body. The nerve cells in the brain produce the chemical dopamine, which helps the nerves send signals to the part of the brain that controls movement and helps muscles move smoothly. When a person is affected by Parkinson’s, their nerve cells break down and can no longer produce dopamine, and cannot send signals to control movement.