April: Parkinson's Awareness Month

The first step in creating awareness for Parkinson's is to help people understand the disease.


posted on 4/3/2020 in BLOGS from St. Anthony

April is the month when we focus awareness on Parkinson’s disease by informing others of the symptoms, treatment, and support for those with the disease. Chances are, we all know someone who may have this disease that becomes more common with advancing age.

The first step in creating awareness for Parkinson’s is to help people understand the disease. According to Parkinson’s Exercise and Wellness Center, “it is a degenerative movement disorder, which can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech, and sensory function.”

The next step is to understand that the cause of the disease is unknown to researchers at the moment. However, it is speculated that genetic and environmental factors are involved. It is also important to understand that you cannot prevent this disease.


Some primary Parkinson’s disease symptoms may include:

  • Tremor
  • Stiffness
  • Slowness
  • Impaired Balance
  • Shuffling gait
  • Secondary symptoms may include:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dementia

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms, please do not hesitate to contact your St. Anthony Clinic provider at (712) 792-2222.


Unfortunately, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. However, there are treatment options that include medicines and lifestyle changes that can help control your symptoms.

It has been shown that aerobic exercises, kickboxing, or physical therapy that focuses on balance and stretching are very important to help keep your symptoms in check. St. Anthony offers a Rock Steady Boxing Exercise class developed for those with Parkinson’s. Maintaining a healthy diet is also important for people living with the disease.


Normal everyday tasks for patients with Parkinson’s disease can often be frustrating. Walking, talking, and eating can become a challenge. This is when you turn to your family and friends for their support. You may also consider joining support groups to talk about your feelings and challenges with people who can understand first hand what it’s like. When you are ready, St. Anthony offers weekly “Delay the Disease” classes that combine social, physical and occupational therapy exercises.

St. Anthony Regional Hospital (Carroll, IA) is dedicated to improving the health of the people we serve. We believe in providing high quality, healthcare services responsive to the needs of our patients. For more information, visit our website or call us at 712-792-3581. Remember to follow us on Facebook!



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