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Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Intimations - Nikki Ten­nant

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


Smiles Jim Rank­ine, with Rachel Arm­strong and Ruby Arm­strong

Cup of cheer Mau­reen Kyle has been brew­ing up for 20 years

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