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is es­sen­tial.

“It’s vi­tal that our health and care providers act now to en­sure that ser­vices are in place to meet peo­ple’s needs.”

Dr Carl Coun­sell, hon­orary con­sul­tant neu­rol­o­gist at NHS Grampian and clin­i­cal reader at the Uni­ver­sity of Aberdeen, is re­search­ing what hap­pens over time to peo­ple who are di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s.

He said: “Ou r re s e a rch demon­strates that Parkin­son’s has a pro­found im­pact on health and well­be­ing, par­tic­u­larly for those di­ag­nosed at older ages.

“Peo­ple with Parkin­son’s are three times more likely to ex­pe­ri­ence a ma­jor frac­ture than peo­ple of the same age with­out the con­di­tion.

“And there are in­creased com­pli­ca­tions with de­men­tia, too – peo­ple with Parkin­son’s are six times more likely to de­velop de­men­tia as peo­ple of the same age with­out the con­di­tion.

“Five years af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed, half needed some sup­port with ba­sic day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties like wash­ing and dress­ing – and af­ter a decade al­most ev­ery­one did.

“Peo­ple with Parkin­son’s have a very high risk of hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sion. More of­ten than not, these ad­mis­sions are un­planned and lead to longer stays in hos­pi­tal.

“In 2015-16 more than 4,000 peo­ple with Parkin­son’s were ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal in Scot­land.

“On av­er­age they stayed al­most 18 days. That’s more than 75,000 bed days that al­ready have to be re­sourced, and as the preva­lence of Parkin­son’s in­creases, the de­mand for ser­vices is only go­ing to in­crease.

“Care and sup­port from a team of health and so­cial care pro­fes­sion­als can help peo­ple with Parkin­son’s to live well with the con­di­tion, and re­duce emer­gen­cies – but health and so­cial care ser­vices must be in place.”

Tanith con­cluded: “Parkin­son’s al­ready has sig­nif­i­cant im­pacts on our health and so­cial care sys­tem. Peo­ple with Parkin­son’s and their fam­i­lies want ac­cess to ex­pert care and sup­port to help them to man­age their con­di­tion as well as pos­si­ble for as long as pos­si­ble.

“These alar ming fig­ures demon­strate that Sc o t t i s h Gov­ern­ment, and health and so­cial care providers must com­mit re­sources to sup­port the grow­ing num­bers of peo­ple with Parkin­son’s now, and plan for in­creas­ing needs in the fu­ture.”

Parkin­son’s af­fects one in 375 adults in Scot­land.

Those with Parkin­son’s are more likely to be men (57 per cent – nearly 7000) than women (43 per cent – more than 5200).

Men aged 50-89 are one and a half times more likely to have Parkin­son’s than women of the same age.

Al­most 1800 ( 14.6 per cent) of peo­ple with Parkin­son’s are un­der the age of 65.

Around 10,400, that’s 85.4 per cent, are over 65. That’s about six in seven peo­ple with Parkin­son’s. Of those, over one in three are aged over 80.

Most peo­ple who get Parkin­son’s are aged 50 or over but younger peo­ple can get it too.

Younger peo­ple may not ex­pe­ri­ence the same risks as older peo­ple with the con­di­tion.

Al­most 6000 peo­ple live with more ad­vanced Parkin­son’s, where med­i­ca­tion does not man­age the symp­toms ef­fec­tively.

This of­ten re­sults in them re­quir­ing more in­ten­sive hos­pi­tal and care ser­vices.

● For ad­vice, in­for­ma­tion and sup­port, visit www.parkin­sons. org.uk or call the free, con­fi­den­tial helpline on 0808 800 0303.

that typ­i­cally af­fects ev­ery area of a per­son’s life. It has a huge im­pact on in­di­vid­u­als . . .

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