Parkinson's is a progressive neurological
condition. One person in every 500 has Parkinson's. That's about 127,000
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 is under the age of
People with Parkinson's don't have enough of a chemical called dopamine
because some nerve cells in their brain have died. Without
dopamine people can find that their movements become slower so it takes
longer to do things.
The loss of nerve cells in the brain causes the symptoms of Parkinson's
There's currently no cure for Parkinson's and we don't yet know why
people get the condition. Parkinson's doesn't directly cause
people to die, but symptoms do get worse over time.
Everyone with Parkinson's has different symptoms. The main
symptoms of Parkinson's are tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement.
As well as affecting movement, people with Parkinson's can find that
other issues, such as tiredness, pain, depression and constipation, can
have an impact on their day-to-day lives.
The symptoms someone has and how quickly the condition develops will
differ from one person to the next. The symptoms can be controlled
using a combination of drugs, therapies and occasionally surgery.
As Parkinson's progresses, an increased amount of care and support may
be required, although many people maintain a good quality of life with
limited care or treatment.
LOCAL SUPPORT GROUP – The Parkinson Group meet on alternate
Wednesdays from 11 until 3 at the United Reform Church. The group is
open to anyone who is affected by Parkinson or Parkinson type conditions
(both carers and cared for). Contact for this group is Jenny, 01744
738528 or Bob at
Also do activity days.
INFORMATION AND SUPPORT WORKER - 0844 225
3656 - Local worker representing St.Helens, Halton and Warrington. Can
provide up to date information on Parkinson's, emotional support to the
whole family, benefits information and links to other local services
HELPLINE - 0808 800 0303 - Mon-Fri 9.30am to
9.00pm Sat 9.30am to 5.00pm - the Helpline is confidential, staffed by
expert nurses and advisors who offer information, advice and support.
NATIONAL SUPPORT GROUP - 020 7931 8080 -
Information for patients and Carers www.parkinsons.org.uk