HEADLINES Published April13, 2017 By Staff Writer

Parkinson’s Awareness Week: Around 1 in 500 people in the UK are living with Parkinson's

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Parkinson’s Awareness Week: Around 1 in 500 people in the UK are living with Parkinson's
Parkinson’s Awareness Week: Around 1 in 500 people in the UK are living with Parkinson's

NRS Healthcare have produced a timeline showing the history of studies around Parkinson's disease and recent developments in treatment, to coincide with Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017. 

It is estimated that around 1 in 500 people in the UK are living with Parkinson's - that's around 127,000 of us. It is a progressive neurological condition that mainly affects people over 50 which occurs due to the loss of nerve cells in the brain. As yet, there is currently no cure for Parkinson's, but there are a number of treatments and therapies, as well as support, available that will help those living with the condition to better manage it. Despite the fact that Parkinson's has been medically recognised for thousands of years, very little is actually understood about the disease.

In order to bring awareness to the condition and how people understand it, NRS Healthcare, a leading mobility and daily living aids provider, have designed an infographic around the topic. It features a timeline highlighting early recognition of Parkinson's, medical developments over time and specific occasions where support has been put in place for those living with the condition.

The launch of the infographic coincides with Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10th-16th April) which aims to encourage public support around the disease so that better treatments can be developed quicker. In order to highlight this aspect of the campaign, the infographic also details recently successful treatments for Parkinson's, ones which are in the pipeline and those which are currently research focussed.

NRS Healthcare have also launched two informational videos featuring products that are useful for those living with Parkinson's. They include the Kura Care Cutlery range which offers more stability and better grip for those with muscle tension and limited mobility in their hands, and the Memo Minder which enables you to record and playback a message using a motion sensor - perfect if you're caring for someone with Parkinson's that has mild cognitive impairment or early onset dementia.

NRS Healthcare will share the infographic and videos across their blog and social media channels during Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017. The aim is to engage people who are living with the condition or who have friends and family with it, as well as highlighting the importance for everyone to help support organisations that are researching new treatments.

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