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Raising awareness of Parkinson’s Disease


Right at Home is proud to support the 2015 Parkinson’s Awareness Week and we call upon you to Up Your Friendly this week!

Being kind and friendly can brighten anyone’s day, but to people with Parkinson’s Disease it can make a real difference. This is because the symptoms of Parkinson’s, which can include tremors, speech problems, slowness of movement, falls and dizziness, can turn everyday tasks into a real struggle.

Patience, consideration and understanding from others around you are therefore even more important than usual – but many people fail to recognise when someone has Parkinson’s and can even mistakenly assume they are under the influence of drink or drugs.

The Up Your Friendly campaign, organised by Parkinson’s UK, calls on us all to better understand the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, which can affect people at any age, and to make a real effort to increase the kindness and consideration that we show to others.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE – FACTS

  • Parkinson’s is a neurological condition which results from the death of nerve cells in the brain

  • It is a progressive disease, so symptoms get worse with time, and at the moment there is no known cure

  • Parkinson’s currently affects 1 in 500 people – that is about 127,000 in the UK

  • It mostly occurs in people over 50 years old, but younger people can get it too

  • Symptoms can be controlled through a combination of medication, therapy and surgery but sufferers will need increasing care and support as the disease progresses

PARKINSON’S DISEASE – SYMPTOMS

Parkinson’s is a complex condition that affects everyone in different ways. The order in which they appear, the severity and progression is also different from person to person. Physical symptoms can include:

  • Tremor shaking)
  • Slowness of movement
  • Rigidity
  • Bladder and bowel problems
  • Eye problems
  • Falls and dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Freezing
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Speech and communication problems
  • Skin problems

Parkinson’s can also cause mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, hallucinations and memory loss.

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