World Parkinson’s Day will be held on Wednesday 11 April 2018. It marks the birthday of James Parkinson who in the 19th Century, first described the “shaking palsy’ in 1817.
World Parkinson’s Day aims to raise both awareness and funds for Parkinson’s Disease which affects more than 27,000 Victorians, or around 1 in 100 people over the age of 65, a figure that is predicted to rise as the population ages.
While Parkinson’s has fundamental symptoms such as rigidity and tremor which respond to medication, it also includes a vast range of other debilitating symptoms. These can include cognitive, psychological, functional, autonomic, digestive swallowing, pain, sexual and sleep problems, all of which affect quality of life. However, with rehabilitation, strategies and education, these challenges can be managed.
Cabrini’s Parkinson’s Program, which operates as an outpatient service at Cabrini Rehabilitation in Elsternwick, specialises in providing support to people who have the disease.