Living Well Wellness
"To improve the quality of life of those affected by Parkinson's disease through services, education and advocacy".
To provide support and resources for those suffering from or affected by Parkinson’s disease and other related neurological side effects. Educate and bring awareness to the general public the causes and how to recognize symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Helping Our Community Through Programs
Friends of Parkinson’s offers two main program areas that provide the community with education and activities to improve the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson’s Disease in Nevada and surrounding areas. Our programs goals are to be an advocate for those with Parkinson’s and an educational resource to address the physical and mental needs of the individuals and families impacted by Parkinson’s.
From our highly technical Medical Symposium to our lighthearted Funny Bunny Race, we strive to reach the community where they are.
Our activities are at the heart of what we do and designed to help individuals mentally, physically, and spiritually Live Well with Parkinson’s.
What is Parkinson’s Diseases?
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder, more specifically a movement disorder, that affects the cells of the brain that control muscle movement. These cells, located deep in a section of the brain called the substantia nigra, produce an important neurotransmitter called dopamine.
Dopamine is important because it is the chemical messenger used to send signals from the brain to the muscles to complete smooth, coordinated movements. When 80% of these dopamine-producing cells have died, symptoms of Parkinson’s disease appear. The cause of death of these dopamine-producing cells is still unknown.
Who Gets Parkinson’s Disease?
It is estimated that approximately 1 million Americans are currently living with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Estimates also show that there are 60,000 individuals newly diagnosed each year, or one person every nine minutes. Parkinson’s disease affects men and women in equal numbers and shows no preference to ethnicity, race or socioeconomic status. While the average age of onset is age 55, 15% of those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease are under the age of 50.