April is national Parkinson’s Awareness Month, established by the Parkinson’s Foundation with the goal of supporting quality of life for people with the disease by increasing community awareness of Parkinson’s and working to improve care and advance research toward a cure. Each year, 60,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s and more than 1 million Americans are currently living with this neurodegenerative disease. Known for its movement or motor-related symptoms such as balance difficulties and tremors, Parkinson’s may also lead to non-motor symptoms such as apathy, depression, sleep disorders, loss of sense of smell and cognitive impairment. Currently there is no cure, but there are medications, treatments, and exercise and other therapies that support individuals living with the disease.

Community members with Parkinson’s disease, their family members and caregivers are invited to an open house on April 29, 1:00-3:00 pm, for PWC’s Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) program (a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum designed to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease) and monthly Parkinson’s support group. Open house attendees are welcome to participate in the RSB class or observe. Managers of the Rock Steady Boxing program and the Parkinson’s support group at the wellness center will be available to answer questions. Community members interested in volunteering with this program are also invited to stop by. This event is free.

Inquiries about these programs may be directed to PWC medical program leader Whitney Propps, wpropps@culpeperwellness.org or 540-445-5388.