Living with Parkinson’s
Did you know there are 10,000 people living with Parkinson’s in New Zealand?
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative condition caused by lowered dopamine production in the brain. Dopamine is the chemical responsible for coordinated physical movement.
Parkinson’s can strike at any age, but it is most common among older age groups. The average age at diagnosis is 59 years.
Common motor symptoms such as tremor, stiffness and slowness of movement can have a significant impact on day-to-day living.
There is no cure for Parkinson’s, but the good news is many symptoms associated with the condition can be managed, and assistive products can help with independence.