It’s a disease that affects the neurons, the cells that analyze and transmit information from the brain to the body and from the body to the brain.
Parkinson’s disease targets, attacks and destroys precisely the neurons that control movement.
The more neurons affected, the harder it is for the patient to do everyday tasks.
How do you catch the disease?
It’s not contagious so you can’t “catch” it. It just appears in certain people but we don’t really know how.
Over 6 million people in the world are affected.
The disease occurs around the age of 58 and evolves slowly.
The more the disease develops, the less the body obeys the brain’s commands. Patients have difficulty coordinating their movements, walking or writing.
The muscles in the body become rigid and patients get cramps and joint pains.
When patients stop moving, their hands or feet start to tremble.
There are various treatments to improve the quality of life.
But no treatment effectively stops the disease progressing or can cure it.
That’s why we must all rally around. The 11 April has been designated World Parkinson’s Day. It’s a chance to support those who suffer and aid research!