2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting
Denver

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PARKINSON'S DISEASE

WHEREAS, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), there are approximately 1.5 million people diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in the United States of America and approximately 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year; and

WHEREAS, Parkinson's Disease is a brain disorder that usually affects adults over forty, although it can appear in younger patients; and

WHEREAS, the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease - stiffness, tremor, slowness, poor movement, and difficulty with balance and speaking - are often mistaken as a normal part of the aging process; and

WHEREAS, the cause of this disease is unknown and anti-Parkinsonian drugs can only control some of the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease for a short period of time; and

WHEREAS, it has been estimated that the economic costs of Parkinson's Disease are roughly $25 billion a year in the United States in direct health costs and lost productivity; and

WHEREAS, many of those with Parkinson's become incapacitated for many years and a similar number of family members are often diverted from the workforce as a result of their role as caregivers,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors supports efforts to increase awareness and understanding of Parkinson's Disease and to promote advocacy, education, quality of life and research to find a cure for Parkinson's Disease and other neurological conditions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The United States Conference of Mayors urges its members to support collaborative events throughout the year, with special emphasis on the month of April, which is the International Parkinson's Awareness month and includes a world-wide Parkinson's Awareness Week and Parkinson's Awareness Day.