Be more aware of Parkin­son’s

Cynon Valley - - YOUR VIEWS -

IN re­cent weeks we have heard an alarm­ing num­ber of sto­ries about peo­ple with Parkin­son’s Dis­ease be­ing mis­un­der­stood or mis­treated by the staff of pub­lic-fac­ing busi­nesses across the UK.

Parkin­son’s is a pro­gres­sive neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion. This means that it causes prob­lems in the brain and gets worse over time. Parkin­son’s af­fects ev­ery­one dif­fer­ently, but the main symp­toms are tremor (shak­ing), slow­ness of move­ment, and rigid­ity (mus­cle stiff­ness). Other symp­toms can also in­clude de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety, hal­lu­ci­na­tions, mem­ory prob­lems and de­men­tia.

Lack of pub­lic un­der­stand­ing can make sim­ple things like get­ting the bus or go­ing for a cof­fee with friends daunt­ing for peo­ple with Parkin­son’s.

To make mat­ters worse, Parkin­son’s UK re­search shows one in every four peo­ple have had their con­di­tion con­fused for drunk­en­ness, and one in 10 have been laughed at in pub­lic due to their symp­toms.

We also know that one in three peo­ple with Parkin­son’s have felt the need to cover up their symp­toms, be­cause they’re not seen as so­cially ac­cept­able. This is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able. It’s time to change.

Parkin­son’s UK has cre­ated a free and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble Parkin­son’s in your work­place train­ing pack­age and, via an open let­ter, the char­ity is call­ing on all busi­nesses to roll out the train­ing and make sure their staff un­der­stand Parkin­son’s and can sup­port their cus­tomers’ needs.

To join the cam­paign and call for busi­nesses to bet­ter un­der­stand Parkin­son’s, visit www. parkin­

To­gether we can raise aware­ness and make so­ci­ety more un­der­stand­ing of Parkin­son’s.

Steve Ford Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Parkin­son’s UK

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