About Parkinson's Disease

What is Parkinson's Disease?

It is a condition which affects the ability of the body to control and perform normal movements such as walking or writing.

In most cases it will show itself in one or more of the following ways:

Over time, some of the following effects may be experienced:

Who gets Parkinson's?

Parkinson’s is found all over the world.  In the UK 1 in 500 people – around 120,000 individuals – have Parkinson’s.  Although often perceived as an older person’s condition, many are affected during their working lives; of the 10,000 British people diagnosed each year, 1 in 20 is under 40 years old.

What causes Parkinson's?

We know that it happens when certain nerve cells die in the small part of the brain that controls movement, but we don't know what causes this in certain people. It seems likely that a variety of factors play a part. There is a considerable amount of research going on at present to help us better understand the condition and to improve therapies and treatment.

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Information supplied by Chester and District Branch of Parkinson's UK