National Parkinson’s Awareness Month
April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, which helps to increase awareness of Parkinson’s disease in the United States. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the nervous system that affects motor skills. Symptoms can include shaking, slowness of movement, and difficulty walking, with advanced stages usually involving dementia and memory impairment. There currently is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. Celebrities who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease include Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox, who created the Michael J. Fox Foundation to increase public awareness of the disease and help find a cure.