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World Parkinson’s Day - 11th April

World Parkinson’s Day takes place on 11th April each year. It is an opportunity to unite all those affected by Parkinson's across the globe to highlight the impact Parkinson's Disease has on individuals, families and communities. It celebrates the amazing work that people with Parkinson's do and the strength they have, and those that are helping to raise awareness of the disease.

As there is no cure for Parkinson’s, this is an annual opportunity to raise awareness and much needed funds to support people with living with the condition, to improve quality of life and to ensure that people live better for longer.

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. Around 153,000 people live with Parkinson’s in the UK..... it is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world.

There are over 40 symptoms of Parkinson’s, but everyone’s experience is different. Not everyone will get the same symptoms, people will have different experiences of how their condition changes or progresses.

The common symptoms of Parkinson’s include:

There is also currently no definitive test for diagnosing Parkinson’s. A Parkinson’s specialist will take a detailed medical history and examine you, and may ask you to complete written and verbal tests, movement tests and have a general examination.

If you think you, or a loved one, may have Parkinson's, it's important that you speak to a health professional about your symptoms. Sometimes the condition can take years to progress to a point where it has a real impact on daily life, so it is vital to speak with a GP as soon as possible to help get an early diagnosis.

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