Over 20,000 people in Wisconsin are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a brain disorder that leads to diminished ability to regulate movements, body and emotions.
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and Ursula Whelan, facilitator for the Chippewa Falls Parkinson’s support group, said it is a great opportunity to learn more about the disease, especially if you or someone you know has been diagnosed.
There are four key characteristics of Parkinson’s: tremors, muscle rigidity, stiffness and/or slowness of movement and impaired balance.
Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s, but there are many treatment options available. While the disease itself is not fatal, complications resulting from it can be serious.
The Chippewa Falls Parkinson’s support group meets at 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Trinity United Methodist Church, 201 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls.