Today is World Parkinson’s Day | Loop Cayman Islands

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Today (April 11) is World Parkinson’s Day, a day where friends and family remember loved ones struggling with Parkinson’s disease and aim to raise public awareness generally about the disease.

The disease, which is said to be named after English doctor James Parkinson and recognised annually on his birthday, is reported to be the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease, with an estimated seven to ten million people worldwide fighting the disease.

According to reported data, men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson’s than women and the incidence of the disease, or the rate of newly diagnosed cases, generally increases with age, with an estimated 4 per cent of people with Parkinson’s being diagnosed before age 50.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include tremors in the hands, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking. In the advanced stages of the disease, dementia may also become common.

Some famous people like boxer, Muhammad Ali and actor, Michael J. Fox have raised public awareness of Parkinson’s disease, including risk factors believed to be related to the disease. Ultimately, these factors impact a person’s quality of life and social interaction is sometimes made to be more difficult because of the disease.

At the moment, reports say that medications, surgery and physical treatment may provide relief, but no cure is yet known for Parkinson’s disease.

In the meantime, family and friends should continue to support loved ones who are struggling with the disease, especially in the small place like Cayman where such support may mean so much and may even help with their progress.