World Parkinson’s Day
11th April 2021
11th April is World Parkinson’s Day! Let’s all Pause 4 Parkinson’s and help raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s research to support the everyday Australians living with the disease.
Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominantly dopamine-producing neurons in a specific area of the brain called the substantia nigra.
Symptoms generally develop slowly over a period of years and the progression of symptoms is often different from one person to another due to the diversity of the disease.
People with Parkinson’s Disease may experience:
- Tremors, mainly when resting
- Limb rigidity
- Gait and balance problems
- Bradykinesia – slowness of movement and impaired ability to move the body swiftly on command
Parkinson’s Disease is not fatal but the disease complications can be serious.
The cause of Parkinson’s Disease remains largely unknown. Although there is no cure, treatment options vary and can include medication and sometimes surgery.
It is possible to have a great quality of life if you work with your Doctor and follow recommended therapies which are essential in successfully treating symptoms.
For more information or to donate, head to https://shakeitup.org.au/pause4parkinsons/