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Understanding Parkinson's Disease

Understanding Parkinson's Disease

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Parkinson’s Awareness month is an annual event that aims to shed light on the condition, its causes, symptoms, and progression, as well as stress the importance of early detection and diagnosis. Parkinson's disease is a neurological condition that affects millions worldwide but is often misunderstood.

What is Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that primarily affects movement. Named after the British physician James Parkinson in 1817, it results from the gradual degeneration of nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine, a chemical messenger essential for smooth and coordinated muscle movement.

Causes and Risk Factors

While the exact cause of Parkinson's disease remains unknown, a combination of genetic and environmental factors are believed to play a role. Mutations in certain genes have been linked to an increased risk of developing Parkinson's, while exposure to environmental toxins and other factors may also contribute to its onset.


The symptoms of Parkinson's disease vary from person to person and typically develop gradually over time. Common motor symptoms include tremors, stiffness or rigidity of muscles, slowness of movement and impaired balance and coordination. Non-motor symptoms such as depression, anxiety, cognitive changes, and sleep disturbances may also occur and significantly impact quality of life.

Progression of Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is progressive, meaning that symptoms worsen over time as the underlying degeneration of dopamine-producing cells continues. In the early stages, symptoms may be mild and easily overlooked, but as the disease advances, they become more pronounced and debilitating. Parkinson's can also lead to complications such as difficulty swallowing, speech problems, and cognitive impairment in later stages.

The Importance of Early Detection and Diagnosis of Parkinson's

Early detection and diagnosis of Parkinson's disease are crucial for several reasons. Firstly, early intervention can help manage symptoms more effectively and improve quality of life. Medications and therapies, when initiated early, can alleviate motor symptoms and delay disease progression, allowing individuals with Parkinson's to maintain independence and functionality for longer.

Secondly, an early diagnosis enables healthcare professionals to provide appropriate support and guidance to patients and their families. Understanding the nature of Parkinson's disease, its symptoms, and available treatment options empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their care and lifestyle adjustments.
Early diagnosis also facilitates access to specialised care and support services tailored to the unique needs of Parkinson's patients. These may include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and psychological support, all of which play vital roles in managing the physical and emotional challenges associated with the condition.

Despite the importance of early detection, Parkinson's disease is often under-diagnosed or misdiagnosed, particularly in its initial stages when symptoms may be subtle or attributed to other causes. Raising awareness about the signs and symptoms of Parkinson's among healthcare professionals and the public is essential for improving early detection rates and ensuring timely intervention.


A range of support services and resources are available to individuals living with Parkinson's disease and their families. Parkinson's UK, the largest charity dedicated to supporting people with Parkinson's, offers a wealth of information, advice, and practical support. Their helpline provides confidential advice and support from trained Parkinson's nurses.

Personalised Parkinson's Care with New Age Care

At New Age Care, we offer personalised Parkinson's care solutions tailored to meet the evolving needs of patients as the disease progresses. Our specialised care services are designed to provide comprehensive support, from help with movement and mobility to personal care, medication management, and facilitating social activities.
Don't hesitate to take the first step and explore the Parkinson's care options available through New Age Care.

Your health and well-being are worth it, and our team is here to guide you through this journey, ensuring you receive the personalised care and support you deserve. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you or your loved one in managing Parkinson's disease.

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