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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: March 19, 2015 01:59 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola and Sen. Rob Teplitz
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution - Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month for April 2015
In the near future, we plan to introduce a resolution recognizing April 2015 as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. You are invited to join as a co-sponsor.

Parkinson's Disease (PD) affects as many as 1 million people in the United States, with approximately 20% of those persons being under 50 years of age. It is the second most common neurodegenerative condition in the United States, second only to Alzheimer's disease. Problems with movement such as slowness, rigidity, tremor and changes in gait are common symptoms. Although treatments are initially effective in treating symptoms, 50-90% of patients develop motor complications.

In addition, Parkinson's not only affects the person diagnosed, but also caregivers for patients. Caring for those diagnosed with Parkinson's is a task that becomes increasingly complex and demanding as the severity of the disease progresses.

Presently, there is no cure for Parkinson's disease, and its exact cause still remains unclear. While Parkinson's disease itself is not fatal, complications from the disease are serious; the Center for Disease Control (CDC) rated complications from PD as the 14th top cause of death in the United States. Therefore, it is important that we proclaim April as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.

Continued efforts in research, testing and education are necessary in order to keep advancing toward the discovery of more effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for this devastating disease.

Introduced as SR78