NHS Kingston

Parkinson’s Awareness Week

Parkinson’s Awareness Week
10 April 2017

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition characterised by a lack of dopamine in the brain caused by the death of nerve cells. While the underlying cause of the disease is unknown, genetic and environmental factors are believed to contribute.

Parkinson’s UK is heading up a campaign to support research into the illness affecting approximately 127,000 people in the UK – that’s one in every 500 people.

Parkinson’s is not fatal in and of itself however symptoms such as tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement typically worsen over time and often become debilitating. Parkinson’s or Parkinsonism describes a number of related conditions that share these symptoms.

Non-motor indicators for Parkinson’s can also include symptoms like depression/ anxiety, bladder/bladder difficulties and memory problems, the commonness of which can make diagnosis difficult.

Researchers need to make significant breakthroughs if the lives of people with Parkinson’s are to improve, and the first step in achieving this is to spread awareness of the condition. To get involved in the cause you can:

See the following links for further information:

Sutton, Kingston and Epsom Active Parkinson’s People is a local group for people of any age affected by the condition.  Activities include a Choir and social events, such as walks, games evenings, quizzes and days out.  The group also has two sub groups: one for carers and the other for single people living with Parkinson’s. The group meets at The Priory Centre in Sutton on the third Wednesday of each month, between 7:30pm and 9:30pm. 

For more information, contact Val Benn on 020 8395 2068 or click here

Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group, Guildhall, Kingston, KT1 1EU
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