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  • Writer's pictureJugoslav Erceg

World Parkinson's Day: Raising awareness of an often misunderstood disease

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

April 11 is World Parkinson's Day worldwide. The aim of this day of remembrance is to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease and draw attention to the situation of those affected. But what exactly is Parkinson's and why is it important to deal with it?


Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disease characterized by movement disorders such as tremors, stiffness and slow movements. Non-motor symptoms such as sleep disorders, depression or memory problems can also occur. The exact causes of Parkinson's are not fully understood, but both genetic and environmental factors are thought to play a role. The disease is ultimately triggered by a lack of the messenger substance dopamine.


Parkinson's disease is still often misunderstood and often confused with the normal aging process or other diseases. This can lead to incorrect diagnosis or delayed treatment. It is important to make a correct diagnosis at an early stage and to initiate appropriate therapies in order to slow down the progression of the disease and improve the quality of life of those affected.


Treatment for Parkinson's primarily involves drugs that increase the supply of dopamine in the brain or slow down the breakdown of dopamine. Physiotherapeutic measures and occupational therapy can also help to alleviate the symptoms and improve the mobility of those affected. In advanced stages, deep brain stimulation may also be considered.


Despite all the advances in Parkinson's therapy, there is still a lot to do. Many sufferers also suffer from non-motor symptoms for which there are not yet any effective medications. The causes and course of the disease have not yet been fully researched. Further research efforts are needed here to find new therapies and healing options.


On World Parkinson's Day, we want to raise awareness of this often misunderstood disease and show solidarity with all those affected and their families. Because Parkinson's affects not only the sufferers themselves, but also those around them and their families.


Let us fight together to ensure that Parkinson's no longer plays a role in the future and that everyone affected receives the best possible support and therapy.


If you have Parkinson's disease or know someone with Parkinson's disease, do not hesitate to seek professional help and support. In many cities there are self-help groups and advice centers that can help you.


We hope this day will help raise awareness for Parkinson's and get more people talking and paying attention to this disease. It is only by raising awareness that we can break down the stigma and prejudice surrounding Parkinson's and help those affected get the support they need.


This year, World Parkinson's Day is themed "The Spark" - inspired by the neurotransmitter dopamine.


Overall, World Parkinson's Day is an opportunity to address Parkinson's disease and show solidarity with those affected and their families.



Your neurology practice,


NEUROLOGY GALLUSWARTE

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