About The Cause
Parkinson's UK is a Parkinson's research and support charity in the United Kingdom.
Its aims are to improve the quality of life for people affected by Parkinson's and find a cure for the condition.
Parkinson’s UK is the largest charity funder of research into Parkinson’s in the UK. It funds research aimed at finding better treatments and improving the understanding of Parkinson’s and its’ causes. The charity offers support and information to people affected by Parkinson’s, their families and carers through a network of 350 local groups across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. Those suffering with Parkinson’s don’t have enough of a chemical called dopamine as some of the nerve cells in their brain have died. There’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s and the reasons for developing the condition is unknown.
Although Parkinson’s doesn’t directly cause people to die, symptoms do get worse over time. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related; these include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. As well as affecting movement, people with Parkinson’s can find that other issues, such as tiredness, pain, depression and constipation, can have an impact on their day-to-day lives.
One person in every 500 has Parkinson’s. That’s about 127,000 people in the UK.
Although most people who get Parkinson’s are aged 50 or over, younger people can get it too.