Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition - it can be successfully treated with a range of therapies but it is currently incurable. In 2018 around 145,000 people in the UK alone are living with Parkinson’s (1 person in every 350). This is expected to increase by 18% by the year 2025 and is set to almost double by 2065. It is estimated that 1 person in 37 will receive a diagnosis of Parkinson’s during their lifetime.

The symptoms of Parkinson's are mainly due to the loss of dopamine containing nerve cells in the basal ganglia area of the brain which control movement. Low levels of dopamine slow the body’s movement which make day-to-day activities, such as eating, getting dressed or using everyday objects such as a phone or computer, difficult. The main symptoms of Parkinson’s are tremor, muscle stiffness and slowness of movement but not everyone will experience all of these.

Also, every person’s Parkinson’s is different, and each person has their own combination of symptoms and side-effects, which makes treating Parkinson’s difficult - other symptoms such as tiredness, pain, and low moods can impact significantly on an individual's day to day life. As Parkinson's progresses over time the symptoms generally worsen impacting on quality of life. 

Please visit the following websites for information about specific symptom management and detailed care options and planning for Parkinson's: 

Understanding Parkinson's - The Michael J Fox Foundation

Information and Support - Parkinson's UK

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