By Karin McCay| email
Edited by Jon Bush | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – It has been nearly 20-years since actor Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the young age of 30. It's a degenerative disorder of the "central nervous system" that often impairs motor skills, speech, and other functions.
It's estimated that at least a million people have the disease, with about 50-thousand new cases diagnosed every year. There is no cure for Parkinson's, but early detection can lead to medication that can at least treat the symptoms so patients can live a more normal life. That's why Accolade Home Care is sponsoring a free Parkinson's screening this week in Lubbock.
How do you know if someone is showing signs of the disease and should be screened? "Well anyone over the age of 60 should be screened, but also if you've noticed something change in your balance, the change in your ability to walk, a difference in your handwriting, that sometimes one of the first things they say is I noticed that my handwriting wasn't as good as it used to be. Also sometimes the loved one will notice a change in facial expressions, they just look sad all the time, they lose that ability to show emotion on their face, those are probably the three most common things that we notice," says Sarah Hite, a Registered Nurse for Accolade Home Care.
Accolade Home Care's 3rd Annual Parkinson's screening is set for this Tuesday, May 4th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Monterey Baptist Church located at 3601 50th Street.
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