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Parkinson's Awareness

Parkinson’s Awareness

Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years.

The 3 main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are:

involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body
slow movement
stiff and inflexible muscles

A person with Parkinson’s disease can also experience a wide range of other physical and psychological symptoms.

These include:

depression and anxiety
balance problems (this may increase the chances of a fall)
loss of sense of smell (anosmia)
problems sleeping (insomnia)
memory problems

Please visit the below website for further resources;

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/parkinsons-disease/

https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/information-and-support

Please leave any questions you have about Parkinson’s disease by using the chat facility next to the video player.

  • Elizabeth Dennett

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    I am 49 years of age, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 5 weeks before my 44th birthday, so just over 5 years ago.

    I thought my life was going to have to take a different turn, and it did, not how I thought though. I thought I was going to have to stop doing everything and stay at home and do nothing all, as I thought that was what happened when you had Parkinson’s. But actually things just got better and I have become more active.

    Parkinson’s affects people in many different ways, a lot of people have shaky hands or expressionless faces and people do struggle walking and moving and are affected by chronic fatigue, all of these I have suffered from I am now part of a research project seeing how nutrition and exercise affects Young onset Parkinson’s and this has changed me dramatically, so much so, I am now part of a team getting ready to row across The Atlantic Ocean completely unsupported from Lanzarote to Antigua which is 3200 miles!

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