By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I am backing a major charity campaign to shine a spotlight on Parkinson’s, to raise understanding of and change attitudes towards the condition.

Parkinson’s UK Parkinson’s Is campaign, which launches on World Parkinson’s Day (11 April), aims to shatter public misconceptions about the condition by highlighting the reality of everyday life for those living with it and their families.

Parkinson’s is a serious neurological condition with more than 40 symptoms that affects people of all ages. It causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. Currently there is no cure.

But according to recent research from Parkinson’s UK, 8 in 10 people with Parkinson’s believe that awareness and understanding is low because people don’t consider it to be a serious condition – and only associate it with one symptom – a tremor.

The charity is urging people to visit its website www.parkinsons.org.uk/parkinsons-is to learn more about the condition

One in 37 of us will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in our lifetime, and I’m proud to support Parkinson’s UK’s new campaign to challenge widely held misconceptions about the condition.

I urge people to visit the charity’s website to find out more about how they can get involved in Parkinson’s Is.

Steve Ford, Parkinson’s UK Chief Executive, said:

“Despite the fact that Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative condition after Alzheimer’s, many people still don’t understand what Parkinson’s is or how it affects people.

“We hope our new Parkinson’s Is campaign which sees people across the UK share how the condition affects their lives will raise awareness and help correct public misconceptions about this much misunderstood condition.

“We’re grateful for the support of David to help bring this message to a wider audience and help change the lives of thousands for the better.”

By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I have pledged to help improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s on World Parkinson’s Day (Wednesday 11 April).

My office has signed up to take part in the Parkinson’s in the Workplace training from Parkinson’s UK. The training aims to raise awareness of the challenges people with Parkinson’s face.

The push for greater awareness is part of the charity’s activity to encourage people to Unite for Parkinson’s on World Parkinson’s Day, as a survey found that 32 per cent of people with Parkinson’s have been stared at in public and 11 per cent have been laughed at. In addition, 32 per cent of people do not feel that their symptoms are socially acceptable.

Parkinson’s affects 145,000 people in the UK, which is one in 350 people in Delyn. With numbers of people affected expected to increase by a fifth by 2025, the charity is aiming to change attitudes about Parkinson’s to make life better for everyone living with the condition.

Through the training, my office will learn more about the progressive neurological condition, the complex symptoms people face, as well as how to recognise and best support constituents with Parkinson’s.

It is shocking that people with Parkinson’s face so many barriers, including being mistaken for being drunk, when out in public.

My office staff and I want to take the training so that we are all better equipped to improve the lives of everyone affected by the condition in Delyn and better understand the issues faced by those who come to my advice surgery.

Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson’s UK, said:

“We are thrilled that David and their team have signed up to our Parkinson’s in the Workplace training.

“Lack of public understanding can make simple things like getting the bus, going to work, or even heading out to the pub with friends daunting for people with Parkinson’s.

“That’s why one small action like signing up to learn more about the condition can have a big impact on people with Parkinson’s. We look forward to seeing the difference David’s support can make for their constituents in Delyn.”

I am also backing a petition from Parkinson’s UK calling for more organisations to sign up for the training. Sign the petition here.

By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

This week I joined charity Parkinson’s UK to mark 200 years since Parkinson’s was first recognised as a condition.

At the parliamentary reception in Westminster on Tuesday 5 December, I met with representatives from the charity and people affected by Parkinson’s to hear about the charity’s ambition to bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson’s.

I talked to staff and volunteers about the strides that have been made in understanding the condition since James Parkinson’s Essay on the Shaking Palsy in 1817, but also the work that is still to be done as there is no cure for Parkinson’s and current medication can’t stop the condition from progressing. Read more “200 Years of Parkinson’s”