WORLD PARKINSON'S DAY
April 11, 2022
Every day, we want to feel life in all its colors and shades. But for people with Parkinson’s, life is different. Little by little, Parkinson’s chips away at their precious moments and so many of life’s pleasures. But people with Parkinson’s are not alone. There are support groups and therapies that can improve their quality of life and help them feel more independent again.Teams at Medtronic and the EPDA see the effects of Parkinson’s every day. That’s why we are committed to making life better and easier for people with Parkinson’s, and everyone else who is affected by the condition. We are all in this together. So, if you’re living with Parkinson’s, you’re not alone.
The right treatment may help control Parkinson’s symptoms.
On World Parkinson’s Day let’s combine our efforts to raise awareness for this disease affecting millions of people worldwide.
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Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disorder and is considered to be one of the most common neurological conditions.
Every case of Parkinson’s is different and not everyone will experience the same symptoms. For example, not all people develop tremor – for some, rigidity is the major symptom.
A broad range of healthcare professionals are involved in managing Parkinson’s disease, they will be greatly influenced by good two-way communication, so talk openly with them so that they understand the specific difficulties and concerns. They will then be able to tailor treatment to address your individual needs.
Treatment typically starts with medications aimed at helping to reduce movement symptoms with the fewest side effects.
As Parkinson’s progresses, medications may become less effective. This is when device-assisted therapies may help. Many people with Parkinson’s find that device-assisted therapies (or surgery) make a real difference to their lives.
Living with Parkinson’s can affect a broad range of everyday activities. Making some small lifestyle changes and taking a positive approach to activities can all help to maintain independence and a good quality of life.6
There is no doubt that a positive outlook, along with a determination to overcome obstacles and focus on what is possible, can help a person with the disease to adapt to life with Parkinson’s and continue to enjoy the activities they like.
If you are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s, we understand that this will have come as a shock. While there is no cure yet, the right treatment or therapy may help control your symptoms.
Many people with Parkinson’s find that staying informed about their condition and taking an active role in their treatment helps them feel more in control.
Carers and family are key members of a multidisciplinary care team and can take an active role in decisions regarding treatment and care. This could include being aware of different treatment options and knowing the advantages and disadvantages of each. This will enable meaningful discussions and will help everyone to ask the right questions and also to understand the decisions that are made with the doctor.
Information contained herein does not replace the recommendations of your healthcare professional. [See the device manual for detailed information regarding the instructions for use, indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and potential adverse events]. For further information, contact your Health Care Professional.