Mayor Christopher A. Doherty today proclaimed April 2012 as Parkinson’s Awareness Month in the City of Scranton. Parkinson’s Disease is a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking, difficulty in movement and coordination, and is one of the most common nervous system disorders. Although it sometimes occurs in young adults, it most often develops after age 50 and affects men and women.

The Official Proclamation

In recognition of the outstanding efforts for awareness established by the Northeast Pennsylvania Parkinson’s Foundation, the free screenings provided by Allied Services Integrated Health System, and their effort to raise funds for Parkinson’s care as well as certification for clinicians, the mayor presented the proclamation to Joseph Coviello, Esq., President of the NEPA Parkinson’s Foundation (left), and other Pledge for Parkinson’s committee members The Honorable Mike Washo, former Lackawanna County Commissioner and Mari Hart (right).

The Free Screenings

Allied Rehab and Heinz Rehab are offering free screenings this month. Click here for more information.

The Pledge for Parkinson’s

The Northeast Pennsylvania Parkinson’s Foundation, Allied Rehab, and Heinz Rehab are hosting the second annual Pledge for Parkinson’s on Wednesday April 25th at the Graf Community Room, Luger Outpatient Center, Allied Rehab in Scranton to raise funds for treatment for uninsured and underinsured persons with Parkinsons and for training for physical, occupational, and speech therapists in LSVT Big & Loud, a proven therapy for Parkinson’s. For tickets or information, please call 570.348.1407. Click here for more information.