Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month

Submitted by Daniel on Fri, 04/08/2011 - 11:29

Every year in this country and across the world, the month of April is celebrated as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month by those who have been affected by the disease. April was chosen for this purpose in honor of the birthday of James Parkinson, the first physician to collect and publish a serious body of information related to “shaking palsy,” which later became known as Parkinson’s disease. Throughout the month, individuals and groups work to promote the sharing of information and understanding about the condition, as well as raise support for research into treatments, cures, and further study of the disease.

About Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative neurological disorder affecting the brain and nervous system. Though the specific cause of the disorder is unknown, the physical and psychological symptoms of the disorder include movement-related difficulties such as shaking, rigidity, speech problems, and difficulty walking, as well as psychological difficulties and even dementia. While there are treatments available to help patients manage the impact of symptoms, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s and Social Security Disability

Living with Parkinson’s disease can become increasingly difficult as the disease and symptoms progress, and often individuals afflicted with the condition will find themselves unable to maintain employment and maintain a steady income, since the disease can severely affect one's Physical Residual Functional Capacity. Such circumstances can make it very difficult to make ends meet.

Fortunately, there are a number of disability benefit programs available to those suffering from Parkinson’s, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Under the “Neurological Disorders” section of the Social Security Blue Book, individuals with Parkinson’s make be able to qualify for disability benefits if they can demonstrate that extreme symptoms of “rigidity, bradykinesia, or tremor” result in impairment of dexterity to the point that the individual can no longer perform any type of gainful work activity.

While the Social Security Disability process can be daunting, it is important to remember that benefits are available to those suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Though it can take anywhere from several months to almost two years to navigate the arduous benefit application process, it is important to remember that there are many resources available to assist the first-time applicant with his or her claim, including the information available on Social Security Disability Help, or access to a qualified Social Security Disability attorney or advocate.

Support the Cause

Social Security Disability Help would encourage individuals to spread the word this April about Parkinson’s Awareness Month by sharing information, personal stories, or ideas for supporting the cause of individuals affected by this disease.

Happy Parkinson’s Awareness Month from Social Security Disability Help.

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