The Reality of Parkinson's Disease

The Reality of Parkinson's Disease

Did you know?

  • It is the fastest-growing neurological condition in the world.
  • There are over 40 symptoms from pain and stiffness, to problems with sleep and mental health and everyone’s experience is different.
  • People with Parkinson’s often say they do not feel understood.
  • Not enough people understand what it is like to live with Parkinson’s.
  • Treatments are limited and there is no cure.

World Parkinson’s Day is celebrated on the 11th of April each year and it’s a day set aside to raise awareness of the reality of Parkinson’s disease and how it affects individuals and their families.

Parkinson's is a disease in which nerve cells that deliver the neurotransmitter dopamine to other cells are reduced. As cell death spreads to larger parts of the brain, more centers are affected. This results in an aggravation of motor and non-motor disorders. Following a reduction in dopamine levels, there are many non-motor symptoms that can precede the onset of motor Parkinson's disease for many years.

Non-Motor Symptoms:

  • REM sleep behavioral disorder
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Automatic dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Impaired Vision
  • Attention Deficit
  • Difficulties planning and carrying out ordinary tasks

Motor Symptoms are based on involuntary movements or rigidity (in which muscles of the body 'freeze up' and do not work). The impact of these motor symptoms in the day-to-day life of a person with Parkinson's are immense. Symptoms are unpredictable and can vary on a time scale as short as one minute.

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Accellacare is currently enrolling a study evaluating an investigational medication for the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Eligible participants will receive study-related care and study medication at no cost.


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