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World Parkinson’s Day: Raising Awareness of the Disease and its Challenges

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World Parkinson’s Day is held on 11 April each year. On this day in April, which is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, individuals will be fundraising and hosting awareness events to educate those affected by PD as well as the general public. A larger version of this infographic can be viewed here.

The National Parkinson Foundation estimates that 50,000 to 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease (PD) are diagnosed in the United States each year,1 but an accurate diagnosis can take up to six years. Many  mistakenly  attribute  the  first  symptoms  of  PD  to  the  normal  aging  process.  One study has estimated that by 2030 those afflicted will increase to between 8.7 and 9.3 million,2 which will, in turn, place additional demands on the delivery of cost-effective medical care.

World Parkinson’s Day is held on 11 April each year.  On this day in April, which is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, individuals will be fundraising and hosting awareness events to educate those affected by PD as well as the general public.

What are the challenges of PD diagnosis? What activities can help connect patients and caregivers? These  questions  and  more  will  be  answered  by  Angel  Duncan  and  Monica  Kurtis  in  a  30-minute Google Hangout scheduled for Thursday 10 April at 3:30pm GMT, 10:30am ET. You can submit your question on twitter to @GEHealthcare using #MoveMINDs. Click here to save the date on your calendar or click on the video below to view the event that is scheduled for Thursday 10 April at 3:30pm GMT, 10:30am ET.

PD  belongs  to  a  class  of  neurological  disorders  that  include  Alzheimer’s  disease, post traumatic  stress  disorder,  concussion,  traumatic  brain  injury  and  multiple  sclerosis.  More specifically, PD belongs in a class of movement disorders or hyperkinetic movement disorders, AD is in the class of dementias and PTSD is an anxiety disorder. PD is a chronic  neurological  disease  caused  by  the  loss  of  dopamine  in  the  brain.  Motor symptoms include: slowness of movement and difficulty with fine movements.  Non motor symptoms include depression and cognitive changes. The average age of onset is 60, but it can affect younger people. There is currently no cure.3

Online Resources for Patients and Caregivers

The  MIND  website  provides  useful  information  for  those  who  want  to  learn  more  about  Parkinson’s  disease  and  other  neurological  disorders,  such  as  Alzheimer’s  and  essential  tremor.  It also offers advice on the benefits of movement as well as resources to support caregivers and patients.

A free iPad app, called GE MIND, is now available to provide mental stimulation to those affected by neurological disorders. Through music and art, users can engage in activities on both an emotional and  physical  level,  resulting  in  a  stimulating  experience  for  the  user.

 

References

1 – http://www.parkinson.org/parkinson-s-disease.aspx

2 – http://www.epda.eu.com/en/parkinsons/life-with-parkinsons/part-3/the-number-of-peoplewithparkinsons-in-the-most-populous-nations-2005-through-2030/

3 – Kurtis M, Martinez-Martin P. Parkinson’s Disease: symptoms, unmet needs and new therapeutic targets. In: Martinez A, Gil C, editors. Emerging drugs and targets for Parkinson’s disease. London: Royal Society of Chemistry; 2013.

 

More Information

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