David Birnbaum Brings Parkinson’s Awareness to the National Assembly

David Birnbaum Brings Parkinson’s Awareness to the National Assembly

MONTREAL, QC, April 3rd, 2017 – On April 6th, Mr. David Birnbaum, Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy-McGee and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and the Minister of Higher Education, will be making a declaration in support of Parkinson Canada for Parkinson Awareness Month. The statement will be made in the National Assembly and will discuss the 200th anniversary of the first report of the disease by James Parkinson, the far reaching effects of this condition and Parkinson Canada’s initiatives to help people in Quebec living with Parkinson’s.

“Parkinson’s is the second most important neurodegenerative disease and the population affected by it is expected to double within the next 15 years. I thought it necessary to put on the record of the National Assembly this vital concern and to apprise Quebecers of the importance of research and treatment”, said Mr. Birnbaum.

A few facts about Parkinson’s disease:

  • 100 000 Canadians, including 25 000 Quebecers, live with Parkinson’s disease.
  • One out of five is younger than 50 years of age.
  • More than half will need formal or informal assistance for their daily living.
  • Health care professionals from a dozen specialties may be needed to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Motor symptoms include: rigidity, slowness, posture and gait changes as well as tremor.
  • There are about 20 possible non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, ranging form sleep disorders, depression and incontinence to speaking and swallowing difficulties.

For Parkinson Awareness Month, Parkinson Canada will be hosting a bilingual symposium for people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones.  It will be held at the Gelber Conference Centre in Montreal on April 26, 2017, and will focus on Parkinson’s medications and the impact of exercise on drug intake. Details at www.parkinson.ca/qc426.

About Parkinson Canada

Parkinson Canada is the national voice of Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease. From diagnosis to discovery, the organization provides education, advocacy and support services to people living with Parkinson’s, caregivers and health care professionals. The Parkinson Canada Research Program funds innovative research to search for better treatments and a cure. Parkinson Canada pursues a pan Canadian mandate while keeping regional specificities through its eight offices in Canada. The Quebec office is based in Montreal.

Visit www.parkinson.ca

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