April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month in P.G.
Prince George BC – Tremors, shaking, changes in motor skills, all symptoms of Parkinson’ disease.
“It is estimated there are 13 thousand people in BC with Parkinson’s” says Ron Corbett of the Prince George Parkinsons Society . “We just want to raise awareness about the disease.”
To help in that effort, Mayor Lyn Hall has declared April Parkinson’s Awareness month in the City
Parkinson’s presents itself when certain neurons in the brain stop producing dopamine, the chemical needed for smooth muscle movement. What causes those neurons to stop dopamine production is not known and there is no cure.
“We think there are more people in Prince George who have Parkinson’s but who may not know there are services and supports for them” says Corbett.
The local society can help with information ,support and can help with costs for exercise programs at the Northern Sports Centre. The Society also has a choir (Songshine) to help battle “soft voice” Another symptom of the disease.
The Society will be holding its annual fundraising walk in September. Anyone needing more information on Parkinson’so can find it by clicking here