It’s Parkinson’s Awareness Week from 15th – 21st April 2013

Did you know that one in every 500 of us will get Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s is mostly thought of as a condition that people get when they’re older – but younger people can have it too.  Parkinson’s Awareness Week wants to draw the whole nation’s attention to the disease that affects people slowly and gets worse progressively.

And it’s all down to a lack of dopamine. So what is dopamine? – It’s basically a chemical we need for our central nervous system to function properly. Without it suffers take longer to do things because cells in the brain have died.

Other Parkinson’s symptoms include depression, tiredness, pain and constipation – all of which can greatly affect day to day lives. So what is being done to help people and raise awareness to the issue?

In 2010 Sir David Jones ran the London Marathon and spoke to the Yorkshire Post.  He wanted to talk about his illness and the effect it has on his life.  Karen Rose who also has the disease spoke to Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on This Morning and women’s magazines raised the issue in their articles.

There are lots of things going on for this year’s Parkinson’s Awareness Week, check out the Parkinson’s UK website here to find out more.  This awareness week is a great chance to tell the world what life is really like for people affected by Parkinson’s.  If you’d like to share your stories with us, please get in touch here.

Home Care Direct hopes this year’s Parkinson’s Awareness Week is the the biggest ever!