Parkinson’s Awareness Month

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and April 11th is World Parkinson’s Day. 

This year, the Parkinson’s disease (PD) support organizations across the country want to raise awareness about PD and all of the available resources they have developed to make life better for people living with the diagnosis.

Learn how you can participate in PD Awareness Month.

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Take and Share

#KnowMorePD Quiz

Think you know a lot about Parkinson’s? Take the quiz to see how you do! If you take the quiz during the month of April, you’ll be entered into a weekly drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card.

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My “PD” Story

Submit your My PD Story or encourage someone to tell his/her My PD Story. “My PD Stories” powerfully illustrate what it’s like to live with Parkinson’s and how our programs and resources provide hope and support.

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Spread the Word

The Parkinson’s foundation is working hard to spread awareness about Parkinson’s disease throughout Parkinson’s Awareness Month, but they can reach so many more people with your help. They’ve put together a quick guide with a few easy ways you can get involved from the comfort of your home. Learn how you can spread awareness here.

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Events

UF Health Annual Parkinson’s Symposium

Join us this year for our 19th Annual Parkinson’s Disease Symposium in for Patients, Caregivers, and Healthcare Providers. This year, the program will be hosted virtually to ensure safety of all participants.

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Parkinson’s Foundation

Moving Day Event

Moving Day is your chance to speak up about Parkinson’s disease and move others to take action. It is a movement for change—towards more awareness, more funding, and more understanding of a disease that affects so many of our family and friends.

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Local PD Events

The Parkinson’s Foundation has lots of great events of all types. Fitness classes, education seminars, Expert Briefing webinars and more.

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Advocacy

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Postcard the President

Tell the President why you give a dime. Ending Parkinson’s Disease Book will mail you a pre-printed Card to send. Just sign your name, add a personal note as you wish, a stamp, and mail it!

Write To Your Local Newspaper

Customize the Letter to the Editor template attached below and submit it to your local paper. The purpose of this short letter is to encourage members of your community to raise awareness about PD in April. You can even add specific events taking place around the community to the letter.

Distribute a Press Release

Distribute a press release about Parkinson’s Awareness Month. If your mayor or governor has proclaimed April Parkinson’s Awareness Month, use the press release tool to pitch the story to local media. Insert your local information in the placeholders to customize the announcement for your town or state. Distribute the full press release to local print, online and broadcast media and offer expert spokespeople –yourself, a Chapter committee member, a local medical expert, an individual with Parkinson’s or a caregiver –for additional comment.

E-mail Your Networks

Let everyone know about #KnowMorePD through e-mail. This is one of the easiest ways to spread awareness for Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Just use the templated blurb into a standalone e-mail or add it to an e-mail or newsletter you’re already planning on sending. Whatever works for you, this gets the message out quickly

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Heather Simpson, OTR/L

Heather Simpson graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Early Education from the University of Florida in 2007. Following…

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