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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

FAIRBURY – Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease every year – and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected every year. Today, nearly 1 million Americans are living with Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder. Although promising research is being conducted, there is no cure or definitive cause of Parkinson’s Disease.

According to the Nebraska Parkinson’s Disease Registry, there have been 113 diagnosed cases of Parkinson’s Disease in Jefferson County since 1997, and 13,313 diagnosed in the state of Nebraska. That puts Jefferson County 24th among Nebraska’s 93 counties for the number of confirmed diagnosis.

Information on understanding and living with Parkinson’s Disease can be found at www.parkinson.org,  the site of the National Parkinson Foundation, www.pdf.org, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, or www.apdaparksinson.org, the site of the American Parkinson Disease Association.

In order to provide education and support for those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers and families, Jefferson Community Health Center has hosted a Parkinson’s Disease support group for many years. The group meets on the second Monday of each month at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Lana Likens, director of public relations, at (402) 729-6855.

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