Parkinson’s Awareness Week surrounds World Parkinson’s Day, which takes place today Wednesday, April 11, its aim is to help raise awareness, bring people together, share stories and change people’s attitudes.
Parkinson’s disease affects up to 14 million people worldwide which is 1 in every 500 people.
There are three key symptoms of Parkinson’s: an involuntary shaking movement in one or more parts of the body; stiff or inflexible muscles; and slower or less co-ordinated body movement.
For further information on symptoms you can visit the NHS pages here
As a carer who cares for someone with Parkinson’s you may require some help and support from the following:
- Healthcare professionals
- Your local social services or social work department
- Online communities
- NHS Continuing Healthcare, if you are eligible
- Parkinsons UK including a confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303
If you are a carer suffering from Parkinson’s yourself, although you may feel as though the needs of the person you care for are far greater than your own, you also need to try take time out to understand your own condition, attend healthcare appointments and help manage your own condition in a way that suits you and the cared for person.
For more information and how to get involved in Parkinson’s Awareness Week you can visit the campaign website https://uniteforparkinsons.org/