About Parkinson's Disease




 

What is Parkinson's disease?

 

Parkinson's Disease, or PD as it is sometimes referred to, is a progressive, neurological condition. It is predominantly characterised by problems with body movements, known as ‘motor symptoms’ – the most identifiable, perhaps, being the Tremor. Other difficulties that are not related to movement can also occur, such as pain, sleep disturbance and depression - these are known as ‘non-motor symptoms’.

 

According to the Global Declaration for Parkinson’s Disease, 6.3 million people have Parkinson's worldwide, affecting all races and cultures. The age of onset is usually over 60, but it is estimated that one in ten people are diagnosed before the age of 50, with slightly more men than women affected.

 

In Malta it is estimated that around 1200 people have Parkinson’s.

 

Parkinson’s is life-altering, but it is not life-threatening.

 

Source: EPDA www.epda.eu.com

 

 

 

We asked our members to describe PD in their own words to someone who has never heard of it - this is what they said:

 

“All cases of PD are different. No one case is the same”.

 

“Someone with PD uses twice as much energy as an able bodied person so it is hardly surprising that most people with PD are permanently tired”.

 

“When my brain asks my body to do something, it can't respond without help”.

 

“Usually it is shaking of one side of your body. For me its my arm or hand shaking and there is nothing I can do about it. It increases when I am stressed and the more stressed I get, the more I shake”.

 

“I cannot walk very well now and sort of "shuffle". I cannot walk very far and lose my balance quite often which can end by having a fall, so I have to be careful”.