The Nye County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously passed Nye County Proclamation No. P2019-03: A Proclamation Recognizing April 2019 as National Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
A PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING APRIL 2019 AS NATIONAL PARKINSON’S AWARENESS MONTH
WHEREAS, Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive, neurological disease and is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Parkinson’s disease is estimated to affect approximately one million people in the United States and the prevalence will more than double by 2040; and
WHEREAS, Parkinson’s disease is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and
WHEREAS, it is estimated that the economic burden of Parkinson’s disease is at least $14.4 billion annually, including indirect costs to patients and family members of $6.3 billion; and
WHEREAS, research suggests the cause of Parkinson’s disease is a combination of genetic and environmental factors, but the exact cause and progression of the disease is still unknown; and
WHEREAS, there is no objective test or biomarker for Parkinson’s disease, and there is no cure or drug to slow or halt the progression of the disease; and
WHEREAS, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease vary from person to person and can include tremors; slowness of movement and rigidity; difficulty with balance, swallowing, chewing, and speaking; cognitive impairment and dementia; mood disorders; and a variety of other non-motor symptoms; and
WHEREAS. volunteers, researchers, caregivers, and medical professionals are working to improve the quality of life of persons living with Parkinson’s disease and their families; and
WHEREAS, increased research, education, and community support services such as those provided by the Parkinson’s Foundation and other organizations are needed to find more effective treatments and to provide access to quality care to those living with the disease today.
NOW, THEREFORE, WE, the Nye County Board of Commissioners do hereby proclaim April 2019 as National Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
APPROVED this 2nd day of April, 2019
The proclamation comes as the Friends of Parkinson's in Pahrump will be hosting an open house on Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is at 3360 Highway 160 S., Suite 303.
The event is an opportunity to meet local representatives of the Friends of Parkinson's and Executive Board Members to learn more about the organization and the mission. Healthcare providers will be available to discuss the challenges facing the Parkinson's community in rural Nevada.