Organization's purpose to support patients, families

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By Carolyn Petroski

Organization’s purpose to support patients, families

On behalf of the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, I would like to thank Jonathan Ryan for his wonderful coverage of Parkinson’s disease featured in the May 2 edition of The Lancaster News. This article was a great wrap-up for our organization’s April Parkinson Awareness campaign.

I would also like to clarify the description of the “freezing” episodes that Parkinson’s patients often experience. During these episodes, patients feel as if their feet are “glued to the floor.” Providing something for patients to step over, such as a piece of tape or string placed on the floor in front of them, seems to trigger a response in their brains to help them start walking again. Humming a familiar tune or providing a cadence can achieve the same results. This is just one of many simple techniques that can help Parkinson’s patients and caregiver manage this debilitating disease.

A little known fact is that more individuals suffer from Parkinson’s disease than multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined, yet the cause, prevention, or cure of Parkinson’s disease is still not known.

The Parkinson Association of the Carolinas is dedicated to providing education and support to Parkinson’s patients, their families and the medical community to help patients have a better quality of life and to maintain independence in their communities for as long as possible.

The Lancaster News spearheaded the initial study that led to our organization’s grant funded project in the tricounty area. We appreciate their continued support of our efforts in this community.

For more information about Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, visit our website at www.parkinsonassociation.org.

Carolyn Petroski

Parkinson Association of the Carolinas

Tri-County Program Coordinator

Serving Chester, Lancaster, and York counties