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Getting Involved in the Parkinson’s Disease Community
Living with a progressive movement disorder, like Parkinson’s disease, can be challenging and frustrating at times. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurological disorder that causes hand tremors, among other symptoms. In order to cope with PD, it is helpful to be aware of support groups, fundraisers, events, and other resources that can provide comfort and reassurance when times get tough. Getting involved with the PD community may help you to find others who can relate to you and increase PD awareness. Below, we have summarized a few ways in which you can get involved with the PD community.
Become a Volunteer
Parkinson’s Canada is a foundation that provides services, support, and education to people affected by PD. They work to increase the quality of life for people living with PD today, and make efforts to decrease the incident rate of PD in the future. Volunteers are instrumental to the success of Parkinson’s Canada, and they are always looking for ways to expand their network. Some of the volunteer positions offered through Parkinson’s Canada include fundraising, client support, advocacy, communication, technology, and advisory committee. If you are interested in volunteering with Parkinson’s Canada, click here to view available positions and learn more.
Parkinson’s Canada hosts various educational events to help spread awareness for PD. Some of these events include webinars or guest speaker panels. The events always aim to educate the community about PD and connect individuals with each other and resources to help cope with the disease. If you are interested in attending an educational event hosted by Parkinson’s Canada, click here.
Another way to get involved is to fundraise. Parkinson’s Canada uses donations to provide access to programs and services that help increase the quality of life for the PD community. The funds are also used to help discover new treatments, and find a cure. Parkinson’s Canada is hopeful for a future without PD, with the help of the communities generous contributions. Through Parkinson’s Canada, there are multiple opportunities to give. You can make a one-time donation, become a monthly donor, or give a monetary gift in honour of someone or in memory of someone. Parkinson’s Canada also provides the opportunity to support an event participant as a way to raise funds.
Participate in a Study
Finally, participating in a research study is a great way to make a positive impact on the PD community. By becoming a research subject, you will help to contribute to medical research and gain access to new treatments for PD before they are widely available. Parkinson’s Canada provides an updated list of the latest studies seeking participants on a regular basis. If you are interested in becoming a study participant, click here.
Getting involved in the PD community can help you to gain a better understanding of your progressive disorder, and establish a support system of like-minded individuals. Parkinson’s Canada provides various opportunities to get involved, and get one step closer to a cure for PD!
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