As a child growing up in the Bronx, Evan saw his grandfather Jack’s hand shake. “We knew he had Parkinson’s disease (PD), but we never really spoke about it,” Evan said. Many years later, Evan’s father — Jack’s son — Keith, would inspire Evan’s Parkinson’s Champions campaign: Push Ups 4 Parkinson’s.
When a large population of people have a disease, like Parkinson’s disease (PD), it’s essential to have accurate numbers of how many people have the disease, where they live and why they have it.
Since 2011, the Parkinson’s Foundation has worked with the Parkinson’s community to address Medicare challenges related to services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy. In 2014, we advocated to remove the Improvement Standard, meaning that people with Parkinson’s could no longer be denied coverage for therapy solely for lack of improvement. Now, the Parkinson’s community can celebrate the next milestone in access to care for Medicare recipients.