Parkinson’s on the rise

Scientists have warned a Parkinson’s disease pandemic is imminent, with cases of the disease more than doubling in just 25 years.

Research suggests it is now the world’s fastest growing neurological disorder – ahead of dementia – and shows no signs of slowing.

There are now an estimated 6.9 million people living with Parkinson’s worldwide and, by 2040, the number is expected to increase to 14.2 million.

They claim this growing pandemic is due to under-reporting, misdiagnosis and increasing life expectancy and argue that the medical community should pursue the same strategies that, in 15 years, transformed HIV from an unknown and fatal illness into a highly treatable chronic condition.

Parkinson’s disease, is a neurological condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over the years.

The three main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body, slow movement, and stiff and inflexible muscles. A wide range of other physical and psychological symptoms can be experienced, including: depression, balance problems, insomnia and memory problems.

If you require support for a family member with Parkinsons and live in the Sunderland area, please get in touch with us to discuss how we can help.