Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder marked by systems such as tremors, stiffness and slow muscle movement. According to parkinsons.org, 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the neurological disorder each year. In honor of it being National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, we've invited many people whose lives orbit around Parkinson’s disease to the studio.
Dr. Ramon A. Gil, a neurologist at the Parkinson’s Treatment Center of Southwest Florida, phones the studio to contribute a rundown of medical details of the disease. Michael and Gretchen Church, a couple who both have Parkinson’s, share their experience about dealing with the disease. Mary Spremulli, a medical speech-language pathologist from Voice Aerobics Speech Language Therapy; Michelle Martin, the coordinator of the Hope Parkinson Program; and Carissa Campanella, a care advisor from the Neurochallenge Foundation.