Parkinson's Awareness Day

The 11th April 2019 marks World Parkinson’s Day, a campaign ran by Parkinson’s UK with the aim of showing the reality of life with the disease. Parkinson’s UK carried out research that has proved that a substantial percentage of the population does not believe that Parkinson’s is a serious condition, however, this view could not be further from the truth. As a result, Parkinson’s UK is launching a campaign titled ‘Parkinson’s Is’, which is hoping to use social media, printed resources, local press, and grabbing attention in communities around the country to raise awareness and create an understanding of the serious condition.

The first step of raising awareness of Parkinson’s is to understand what it actually is. Parkinson’s UK defines the disease as a “progressive neurological condition”, meaning that it causes problems for the brain which gets worse over time. The condition occurs in people who do not have enough of the chemical dopamine, which occurs because the cells that make it have died, or do not function as they should. As a result, the brain struggles to control the body’s movement properly as there isn’t enough dopamine to regulate it. This is when the three classic symptoms of the condition will be evident to see, the body shaking, slowness of movement in limbs, and stiffness in muscles around the body.

There are a number of therapies that have been recommended to manage symptoms attributable to Parkinson’s as there is currently no cure for the disease. The NHS has listed supportive therapies as one of the best ways to manage the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s. These therapies include physiotherapy -  to relieve muscle stiffness and joint pain, occupational therapy; where a therapist can identify areas of difficulty in everyday life, and speech and language therapy which is the best way to improve speech and swallowing.

Assistive technology is also recommended to those with Parkinson’s as a way to ease the symptoms they experience every day. There is a wide range of assistive technologies available with everyday functions - including apps, devices, walking apparatus, and general living aids. The technologies can give offer a new lease of life for people suffering from Parkinson’s as it can allow them to carry out everyday tasks more easily than they could before.
The European Neuro Convention is looking for more businesses to showcase their Parkinson’s related products that benefit people suffering from the degenerative disease every day in order to help raise awareness. If you want to help contribute to raising awareness of Parkinson’s through your innovative technologies, make sure you get in contact with Event Director Nick Woore at 0117 990 2109 or nick.woore@prysmgroup.co.uk.