SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to raise the overall awareness of Parkinson’s disease, state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, recently supported a bill that would promote a larger discussion of the symptoms and treatment for the disease.
“There is a lot of information already out there that people might not know,” Mussman said. “The Parkinson’s Disease Public Awareness and Education Act does works to provide people with tools to recognize the signs of the disease and how to seek treatment before it worsens. Currently there isn’t anything in place that does what this program will do.”
The Mussman-backed House Bill 3247 establishes the Parkinson’s Disease Public Awareness and Education Program whose sole purpose is to advocate for education on the disease and the reality of its treatment options. Through education, this program focuses on developing specific services that can assist those who may be at risk or are showing the preliminary signs of Parkinson’s.
“The ability to detect Parkinson’s early is critical, because that is when treatment can be most effective,” Mussman said. “This Act will raise the public’s familiarity to the disease and save a lot of families from pain. I’m happy to be in support of anything that will improve the lives of the people of Illinois.”