It has been an exciting year for the Parkinson’s Comfort Project in 2013 with our founding and rapid development with support groups in Vermont and New Hampshire. I am deeply grateful to the Parkinson’s community in the twin states for welcoming us into your midst!
Looking ahead to 2014, there is much to keep our spirits high both locally and more broadly. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and the Parkinson’s Comfort Project is working to bring people with the disease and their caregivers into classrooms with nursing and medical students to give the inside perspective of your needs from the medical community in the clinical and acute care settings. If you would like to participate in these events, please contact us!
In the larger Parkinson’s world, research continues to push ahead seeking causes, interventions and a cure for this disease. Progress is also being made in pubic policy with Medicare set to cover physical therapy more broadly for everyone with chronic illness without the Improvement Standard being used for continued funding. The VA is also extending care access to veterans with Parkinson’s who were exposed to Agent Orange.
2014 is going to be a big year for the Parkinson’s community and the Parkinson’s Comfort Project. We look forward to you joining with us and our allies to improve the quality of life for everyone with Parkinson’s and their families.
Here is to a new year filled with renewed hope!