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Parkinson’s Awareness Week

Sunday 11th April is World Parkinson’s Day, and it’s also the start of Parkinson’s Awareness Week.

This year’s theme is Mental Health and Parkinson’s – Up to 50% of people with Parkinson’s will suffer from anxiety or depression during the course of their illness. 

Many cases are undiagnosed or untreated, causing significant loss of quality of life, which is why Parkinson’s Care and Support UK will be launching the first ever Parkinson’s Mental Health Support Hub, created exclusively for people affected by Parkinson’s.

What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease affects 1 in 500 or 130,000 people in the UK – Most people with Parkinson’s start to develop symptoms when they’re over 50, although around 1 in 20 people first experience symptoms when they’re under 40.

Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. It primarily affects movement, causing the muscles to tighten and become rigid. People with Parkinson’s disease also have tremors and may develop cognitive problems, including memory loss and dementia.

If you’re looking for Parkinson’s disease care, you can rest assured that our carers are fully trained by our Abicare training team so that they can fully support the needs of you and your loved ones.

Our carers are aware of the impact that Parkinson’s can have and that as the disease progresses it may cause the onset of Dementia and hallucinations, which can make it hard for you to express your wishes and preferences.  We will work with you and your family to devise a personalised care and support plan, which can be changed to reflect any changes in your condition. 

To find out more about the Parkinson’s disease care we provide and how we can help you, please go to https://www.abicare.co.uk/types-of-care/dementia/

There are many ways to get involved with Parkinson’s Awareness Week – You can find out more here https://parkinsonscare.org.uk/awarenessweek/