Thursday April 11 is World Parkinson's Day, an annual event created by the European Parkinson's Disease Association to educate people and raise awareness about Parkinson's, promote early diagnosis and encourage better disease-management for sufferers.
There is at present no known cause for this illness. Five million people around the world are currently affected by Parkinson's disease, and approximately 80,000 of those are Australians.
According to the Victorian government's Better Health web site, people over the age of 60 have a one in 100 chance of developing the condition.
Common symptoms include moving slowly, shaking and stiff muscles. According to Whathealth.com, these symptoms can prevent people living with Parkinson's from doing even the simplest tasks, such as crossing the road, for fear of 'freezing up' and getting stuck in a potentially life-threatening situation.
However, no two Parkinson's sufferers will experience this condition in the same way. That's why teaching people how to adapt methods of disease-management to suit the needs of individual sufferers is a priority.
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Don't forget to show your support this Thursday for those suffering from Parkinson's disease.