Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive, degenerative, neurological condition which occurs when dopamine producing nerve cells die. It causes problems with motor symptoms such as tremor, rigidity and slow movements as well as a range of non-motor symptoms affecting speech, swallow, sleep, mood, memory, concentration and much more. Symptoms will get worse over time and there is currently no way of slowing this progression and no cure.
Researchers think that a combination of genetic and environmental factors are responsible for Parkinson’s Disease. There are many avenues of research being pursued in the search of disease modifying treatments.
About 145,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and 1 in 20 of these people are under the age of 50.