parkinson's awareness week

Parkinson’s Awareness Week: What help is available?

Are you, a family member or close friend suffering from Parkinson’s disease?

 

Are you finding it hard to cope? Or perhaps you need more information on the condition – on what you can expect and how to help your loved ones? Parkinson’s Awareness Week takes place this week, so now is the time to spread the word.

 

Parkinson’s affects about 127,000 people in the UK.  It is currently unknown why people get Parkinson’s, but the majority of people affected by the disease are over 50. There is currently no cure, but a number of treatments are available to help manage the symptoms.

 

What is Parkinson’s?

 

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition.

 

Progressive neurological conditions affect the brain and develop gradually. Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of chemical in the brain called dopamine, which can cause bodily movements to slow, tremors and rigidity.

 

Parkinson’s affects each person differently, with each person displaying different symptoms. A lot of people with Parkinson’s are able to maintain a good quality of life, with limited drugs and treatment.

 

What help and support is available?

 

Living with Parkinson’s disease can be difficult for patients and carers alike. Parkinson’s UK has a dedicated page on their website, along with a range of free publications, addressing how to approach everyday life with Parkinson’s.

 

A helpline is also available by calling 0808 800 0303.

 

Throughout this week, a wealth of help, information and support will be made available on social media. Follow the hashtag: #upyourfriendly and check out this video, created to increase awareness and improve the treatment of people living with Parkinson’s.