Romsey and Southampton North MP, Caroline Nokes, this week joined charity Parkinson’s UK to mark 200 years since Parkinson’s was first recognised as a condition
Caroline marks 200 years of Parkinson’s
At the parliamentary reception in Westminster on Tuesday 5 December, Caroline met with representatives from the charity and people affected by Parkinson’s to hear about the charity’s ambition to bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson’s.
Caroline talked to staff and volunteers about the strides that have been made in understanding the condition since James Parkinson’s Essay on the Shaking Palsy in 1817, but also the work that is still to be done as there is no cure for Parkinson’s and current medication can’t stop the condition from progressing.
Parkinson’s UK highlighted the issues faced by people with Parkinson’s, including mental health problems, a common but often overlooked symptom of the neurological condition.
Caroline heard about a ground-breaking inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Parkinson’s into access to timely and appropriate mental health support, with the findings expected in Spring 2018.
Parkinson’s affects one in 500 people in Romsey and Southampton North, and can cause a myriad of symptoms including insomnia, depression, and hallucinations, robbing people of their independence. But through more research, improved services, and empowering people with Parkinson’s to take control, their lives can be turned around.
Caroline also met crime writer Jessica Mann who spoke at the event about her own Parkinson’s diagnosis and the need for better mental health services for people living with the condition.
Parkinson’s UK wants to see quality services as standard for the 127,000 people like Jessica with Parkinson’s in the UK. They also want people with Parkinson’s to feel empowered to take control of their lives, and to take part in clinical trials in their local area to help find better treatments and a cure in years not decades.
Caroline MP said after attending the event:
“It is not well known that mental health symptoms are common with Parkinson’s. I want to help ensure that people in Romsey and Southampton North get the support they need, when they need it.
I look forward to seeing the report into this by the Parliamentary Group on Parkinson’s so that I can work locally and nationally to improve mental health services for everyone affected by the condition.”
Parkinson’s UK Chief Executive Steve Ford said:
“With 2017 marking such a significant anniversary for us, we wanted to reflect on what we have achieved and what we have yet to do in order to improve the lives of everybody affected by Parkinson’s, but we can’t do this alone.
That’s why it’s brilliant Caroline MP has pledged to help us improve mental health services for people with Parkinson’s.”
For advice, information and support, visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or call our free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.
About Parkinson’s UK
Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s.
It affects 127,000 people in the UK – which is around one in 500 of the population.
Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.
Parkinson’s UK is the UK’s leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.
For advice, information and support, visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or call the free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.