(ME) – Hundreds across the state gathered at Jeff’s Catering to listen to three Maine doctors and members of The Maine Parkinson Society speak on Parkinson’s disease.
The Maine Parkinson Society is a non-profit organization, founded in 1998, and is dedicated to improving the quality of Maine people. This is done through education and increasing public awareness, as well as, creating programs to directly benefit their families.
People with Parkinson’s, area caregivers, and health care providers attended in celebration of April being recognized as National Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
The Center for Disease control said in the United States alone, up to 60-thousand new cases are diagnosed each year. That adds to the one million people who currently have PD.
The CDC rated complications from Parkinson’s disease as the 14th leading cause of death in the U.S.
As of now, there is no cure forthe disease. Maine doctors and neurologists are working together on research and clinical trials in hopes of learning more. They stressed the benefits of exercise for Parkinson’s patients.
One yoga instructor and owner of ‘PD Yoga for ME’ in Portland, Elizabeth Armentino-Burd, attended the event, and jumped on board with helping patients ten years ago through yoga.
If you would like more information on the event you can visit Maine Parkinson Society webpage.