110118group_03 Shocking new figures from charity Parkinson’s UK reveal that more than 12,000 Scots are now living with Parkinson’s – 1000 more than previous estimates.
Around 1500 people will be diagnosed with the incurable degenerative neurological condition in Scotland this year – that’s 30 people every week.
And the number of people in Scotland with the condition is expected to double within 50 years as the population grows and ages. The main symptoms of Parkinson’s are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity and symptoms vary from person to person.
People with Parkinson’s can benefit hugely from local groups like the Parkinson’s Self- Help Group in Airdrie’s Weaver’s Kitchen, which provides support and an opportunity to share experiences with others in a similar situation.
Parkinson’s UK, whose mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by the condition, is calling on the Scottish Government and health and social care service providers to ensure that they are ready to meet the extra demands that the increase in Parkinson’s will bring.
Tanith Muller, parliamentary and campaigns manager at Parkinson’s UK in Scotland, said: “Parkinson’s is a complex condition that typically affects every area of a person’s life.
“It has a huge impact on individuals, their families, carers, the NHS and the social care system.
“As people live longer and the number of people living with the condition increases, getting Parkinson’s care and support right
Parkinson’s is a complex condition
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