What is Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. It affects one in every 500 people. That’s about 120,000 people in the UK.
Most people who get Parkinson’s are aged 50 or over, but younger people can get it too. One in 20 people with Parkinson’s is under the age of 40.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
The three main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are:
- Involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body (tremors)
- Slow movement
- Stiff and inflexible muscles
A person with Parkinson’s disease can also experience a wide range of other physical and psychological symptoms, including:
- Depression and anxiety
- Balance problems – this may increase the chance of a fall
- Loss of sense of smell
- Problems sleeping
- Memory problems