Improve knowledge in Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Mar. 31, 2022
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, a time when the global community focuses on raising awareness of the condition and comes together to improve knowledge and understanding to seek better outcomes for people with Parkinson’s.
Fight Parkinson’s launched the month with the successful community fundraiser, A Walk in the Park, that attracted more than 1500 registered walkers and showcased the cause to thousands more at Fed Square, Melbourne and through TV news services.
This April, Fight Parkinson’s is proud to present an action-packed month of seminars and webinars to enable you to learn more about your own Parkinson’s journey and action you can take to live your best life possible.
What's on during Parkinson's Awareness Month
Our Living Well online seminar program has changed names to reflect the information we provide to help you live positively.
In this Positive Life session on 6 April, we discuss common communication and cognitive changes experienced in Parkinson’s and provide practical strategies to help prevent, recognise and repair breakdowns to achieve successful outcomes
We are excited to re-launch our face-to-face community seminar program in Parkinson’s Awareness Month, with seminars in Melbourne’s western and eastern suburbs as well as Mildura.
These ‘plain English’ seminars provide an engaging and informative opportunity to gain a better understanding of Parkinson’s, its treatments and the value of social connection.
Seminars will be held in:
- Williamstown on Thursday 7 April
- Mildura on Monday 11 April
- Malvern East on 28 April
- Ringwood on 4 May
The Mildura Slow Walk is an enduring community walk back on the calendar after a two year break. In its 11th year, the walk will be start at 10am (registrations from 9.30am) on Sunday 10 April.
Parkinson’s can affect all aspects of life, including sex and intimacy. Medication, movement change and depression and anxiety can all impact sexual performance and desire.
In this Ask the Expert webinar on Tuesday 26 April, we chat with Dr Louise Cooper about one of the least discussed and researched areas of living with Parkinson’s – the impact on sex and intimacy.
Fight Parkinson’s Recently Diagnosed Seminars is a must-attend program for anyone newly diagnosed with the condition,
These sessions provide a safe environment in which individuals and their families can better understand diagnosis and have their questions answered by a clinical Parkinson’s Nurse.
As well as providing a unique opportunity to learn more about living with Parkinson’s, your questions will be answered and you will join together with others facing comparable changes and challenges
This Recently Diagnosed Seminar is held across two 1 ½ hour sessions via Zoom on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 April from 4pm to 5.30pm. Family members are also welcome to attend.
Start the month with a song by joining our online singing session with our talented and enthusiastic music therapist, Fiona.
Singing is particularly beneficial for people with Parkinson’s, as the condition can affect speech and voice in some people.
Online singing is held on Fridays across April, with the exception of Good Friday.
If you would like to commemorate Parkinson’s Awareness Month with your own family, friends or peer support group, please share a photo or two with us via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
We know many people chose to celebrate A Walk in the Park closer to home, so if you’ve still not walked and plan to do so, this is the month to make it happen!
And for those interested, we have left A Walk in the Park fundraising open until Friday 29 April. Donations can be made here.
Did you know?
219,000 Australians today have Parkinson’s*
Parkinson's is the second most common neurological condition seen in the community.
Neurological disorders are now the leading cause of disabilities in the world and Parkinson’s is among the fastest growing.
Let’s change lives - and fight for a world free of Parkinson’s, because together we can.
You too can build awarness of Parkinson's in your commumity
You can help to to build awareness of Parkinson's in your community by downloading and sharing our Parkinson's Awarness Month 2022 poster, social post and web banner. Just click on the images below to download them. They are then ready to use.
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