World Parkinson’s Day: April 11

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World Parkinson’s Day is supported by the European Parkinson’s Disease Association. The aim of Parkinson’s Awareness Day is to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease, promoting a greater understanding of this condition and how it can affect a person.

What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s is a central nervous system disorder which affects movement in a person, often including tremors. The day marks the birthday of Dr J Parkinson and aims at more awareness of the disease.

According to Parkinson’s disease Foundation, Parkinson’s disease is a chronic movement disorder caused by deteriorating motor senses where symptoms continue and worsen over time. The central nervous system of a person is affected by the disease where the neurons cannot transmit information among themselves, resulting in rigid and slow or even absence of physical movement.

Primary symptoms of Parkinson’s disease:

* Tremor in hands, arms, legs, jaw and face

* Bradykinesia (Brady means slow; kinesia means movement) or slowness of movement

* Stiffness of limbs and torso

* Instable postures or impaired physical balance and coordination among limbs

* Fluctuation of attention and slow cognitive skills

* Writing very small letters because the brain is unable to process thought and writing large letters at the same time

* Depression, anxiety, apathy, decreased movement, blank stare, less blinking

* Hyperurination (urinating more than required) is also a symptom of the Parkinson’s disease.

Can Parkinson’s disease be treated?

There’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but treatments are available to help relieve the symptoms and maintain your quality of life. These treatments include: supportive therapies – such as physiotherapy, medication.

 Famous personalities with Parkinson’s disease:

* Hitler, Salvador Dali, Robin Williams and Pope John Paul II

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