Today is World Parkinson’s Day, and I’m supporting Parkinson’s UK’s new ‘Parkinson’s Is’ campaign which aims to raise understanding and change attitudes towards the condition.
Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition with more than 40 symptoms that affects people of all ages. It affects almost 7,700 people in Wales – which is around one in 340 of the adult population. The condition gets worse over time, and there is currently there is no cure.
According to recent research from Parkinson’s UK, 8 in 10 people with Parkinson’s believe that awareness and understanding is low because people don’t consider it to be a serious condition – and only associate it with one symptom – a tremor.
The charity is urging people to visit its website www.parkinsons.org.uk/parkinsons-is to learn more about the condition, or call the charity’s its free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303. Parkinson’s UK is the UK’s leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.
One in 37 of us will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in our lifetime, and I’m proud to support Parkinson’s UK’s new campaign to challenge widely held misconceptions about the condition.