World Parkinson's Day

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2024 DateApril 11, 2024
2025 DateApril 11, 2025

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World Parkinson's Day is an internationally recognized observance aimed at increasing awareness about Parkinson’s Disease (PD) - a chronic neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects the motor system. This occasion is committed to highlighting the struggles and resilience of those living with the disease, promoting global solidarity for their cause and encouraging increased research into its treatment and eventual cure. Notably, during this observance, efforts are intensified to appreciate the contributions of caretakers, scale-up advocacy for effective policy response, and increase public understanding of PD, which propels stigmatization and exclusion.

Historically, World Parkinson's Day was instituted following the 1997 declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is supported by various international, national, and local entities who work towards the betterment of life for those with PD. For Americans, the occasion holds significant relevance given the country has one of the highest incidences with over a million people living with the disease, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. The day serves as a call to action for the American society, health agencies and policy makers to prioritize PD in healthcare development planning, research and community support programs.

In the United States, World Parkinson's Day is marked by a host of activities aimed at fostering support and awareness. These include media campaigns, educational programs, community events such as walks or runs, and fundraisers towards PD research. It offers an opportunity for anyone affected directly or indirectly by PD to engage and support the cause. The Parkinson's Foundation, a leading organization in championing the PD cause in America, plays an essential role in coordinating these efforts. World Parkinson's Day is observed on April 11th each year, a date that coincides with the birthday of Dr. James Parkinson, who first described the disease in 1817. However, April is generally recognized as Parkinson's Awareness Month throughout America.

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Facts about World Parkinson's Day

  • According to the Parkinson.Org, in 2022, there are over 10 million people worldwide living with Parkinson’s disease.
  • In 2022, there are 1 million people living with Parkinson’s disease in the United States. More than 90,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year in the United States.
  • According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the cost of treating Parkinson’s disease in the United States is $14 billion.

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