One person is diagnosed with Parkinson’s every 40 minutes.
In Australia, 38 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each day, that’s at least one diagnosed every 40 minutes. In the last six years, the number of people diagnosed with this progressive and degenerative neurological condition has increased by 17%.
This is not a disease that only affects the elderly. Young-onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD) accounts for the one in five diagnosed. While under the age of 50 and the 10% diagnosed before the age of 40.
Without a known cause or cure, this disease affects people both physically and mentally. Impairing the ability to think clearly and move steadily. Symptoms such as sleep disturbance, constipation, depression and loss of a sense of smell can pre-date symptoms such as a tremor by up to a decade.
Today is World Parkinson’s Day. So, the Shake It Up Australia Foundation is raising awareness of YOPD and encouraging Australians to Pause 4 Parkinson’s by making a donation or spending a bit of time reading, to understand more about Parkinson’s.
Vicki Miller is the executive general manager, of Shake it Up. She joins JD in the studio to help us understand the young onset of the disease. She shares about how to handle diagnosis’, and important things to consider to maintain a healthy emotional state.