Friday, April 10, 2015

World Parkinson's Day 2015

Tomorrow, April 11th, is World Parkinson's Day, a day to bring awareness, promote research and unite those who have been affected by Parkinson's disease.

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition resulting from a shortage of Dopamine, a chemical that helps instructions from the brain to cross from one nerve cell to the next, in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra, which has to do with controlling movement.

Symptoms include:

  • Trembling of hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  • Stiffness of the arms, legs and trunk
  • Slowness of movement
  • Poor balance and coordination

Parkinson's affects about one person on every 500 and there is currently no cure.

Some resources which may be of interest are listed below:
  • The website of the Parkinson's Association of Ireland at has information on all aspects of the disorder in Ireland including links to support networks and information on treatments and medication