April 2014 - Parkinson's Awareness Month

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee Declares April as Parkinson's Awareness Month!

At the request of the WA APDA, Governor Jay Inslee issued an official proclamation on April 7, 2014, declaring April 2014 as Parkinson's Awareness Month in Washington. This annual proclamation increasees public knowledge and awareness of Parkinson's disease, and hopefully leads to increased support for those living with PD, and increased funding for research.

Click here to view the official proclamation.

WA PD Proclamation

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS, Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder affecting people of all ages,; and

WHEREAS, the symptoms of Parkinson's disease - tremor, rigidity, slowness, poor movement, and difficulty with balance and speaking - are often mistaken for other conditions, especially in young adults, or as a normal part of the aging process; and

WHEREAS, medicationa dn surgery can ease the symptoms of Parkinson's diseaase, but are not a cure; and 

WHEREAS, Parkinson's disease has an enormous emotional, psychological, and physical impact on those with the disease, as well as caregivers, families, and friends; and

WHEREAS, increased education and research are needed to find more effective treatments, and ultimately a cure for Parkinson's disease;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim April 2014 as 

Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month

in Washington, and I urge all people in our state to join me in this special observance.

Signed this 7th day of April, 2014

Govenor Jay Inslee