One in every 500 New Zealanders has Parkinson’s — around 10,000 people.
A recent study from the Brain Research Institute in Christchurch predicts the number of people with Parkinson’s will double in the next 25 years.
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that occurs when insufficient quantities of the chemical dopamine are produced by the brain
A large number of people with Parkinson’s are aged over 65 with the average age of diagnosis being 59. However, many New Zealanders are diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s in their 30s and 40s.
The motor symptoms of Parkinson’s are tremor (shaking), stiffness and rigidity, slowness of movement.