Parkinson’s Awareness Week 2022 is underway and there’s a whole host of educational activities for you to learn about Parkinson’s Disease.
Established by Parkinson’s UK, this special initiative intends to raise awareness and support those living with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones.
At New Directions Health & Social Care, we feel it’s important to be aware of the facts about Parkinson’s disease and there’s no better time to familiarise yourself with them than now.
Learn about Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that reduces or kills the nerve cells in the brain that control movement. In terms of diagnosis, it’s the fastest growing neurological illness in the world and more than 10m people suffer from the disease worldwide.
There’s no known cure for Parkinson’s disease at present, but there are different medications, therapies and even surgeries that can treat symptoms. We do know that it’s more prevalent in men and it can present itself in many ways with 40 different symptoms, although an individual’s experience of these can be varied compared to other people with the disease.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include shaking or tremors, stiff muscles, unsteady or difficulty in walking, general slowness in moving and poor posture. These symptoms will gradually increase over time and can lead to other symptoms, such as slurred speech, difficulty swallowing and mental health conditions.
Get involved today
There’s a wide range of in-person and online events and activities taking place across the country to mark Parkinson’s Awareness Week.
Take a look at Parkinson’s Care & Support UK’s website to see the calendar and how you can get involved. Make sure to register in advance so you receive the information and access links.
There’s something for everyone and opportunities to get involved every day.
Support for people with Parkinson’s disease
As a recruitment and training provider to the social care and nursing sectors, we have a wide range of opportunities for you to work with and make a difference for people with Parkinson’s Disease.
We are operational 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Our team can offer you advice, guidance and introductions to key clients within the social care sector.