April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, so we thought we would write a blog entry talking about the illness and the organization that provides information, support and education for those who suffer from Parkinson’s.

The Parkinson’s Foundation (PF) works to find a cure, to advance research, to increase knowledge, to empower the community and to ensure that those living with the disease enjoy the best quality of life possible.

Many of our clients suffer from Parkinson’s.  This organization can provide valuable information for our clients and their families on topics that include: understanding the illness, coping with a recent diagnosis, managing Parkinson’s and support for care partners and family. These are just a few examples of the many resources available on the PF’s website.

The website also offers helpful suggestions on living with Parkinson’s and coping with the trials and difficulties that result from suffering from this progressive condition.

In addition to providing assistance with coping with Parkinson’s, the website can also serve as a valuable resource if you choose to make a disability claim.  If you are diagnosed with Parkinson’s and the symptoms and side effects of the medications to treat it becomes disabling and if you have a private or employer-provided disability plan and you chose to make a claim for benefits, this group’s website can be a valuable resource for you in researching how to prove your condition and its symptoms are disabling.

Often this information would not be needed unless your initial claim was denied and an appeal is necessary. Nonetheless, it can provide you with an understanding of the nature of your condition and the type of treatment that is considered the current standard of care.  One requirement of most disability policies is that the claimant be undergoing ongoing treatment for the disabling condition.  Please click HERE for more details about this.

For those of you with Parkinson’s or who care about someone with Parkinson’s, if you have not already done so, take this opportunity to visit the PF’s website.  In addition, if you or someone you know is suffering from Parkinson’s and being denied benefits by your insurance provider, please call Kantor & Kantor for a free consultation at 800-446-7529 or use our online contact form. We understand, and we can help.

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