Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition where a neurotransmitter called dopamine is not produced at adequate levels in the brain. Lack of dopamine can cause difficulty controlling movements and affects other body systems such a sense of smell, the bell, thinking and mood.

  • 20% of sufferers are aged 50 years and under and 10% will be diagnosed before the age of 40 years.
  • The average time from onset to death is 12.4 years, though many people with Parkinson's disease will live for much longer.

What's the risk?

The likelihood of developing Parkinson's disease is approximately 1 to 2% for individuals in the general population. It is not known exactly what causes Parkinson's disease, however, certain factors may place a role including:

  • Age - Parkinson's usually begins in the middle or later life and the risk continues to increase with age.
  • Hereditary – having a close relative with Parkinson's can increase a person's chance of developing the disease.
  • Exposure to toxins, such as herbicides and pesticides May slightly increase a person's risk.

Individuals with Parkinson's disease can expect to pay $170,000 in out-of-pocket expenses.  Much of this cost is for treatment as well as mobility aids, including modifications to homes in vehicles. 

Parkinson's disease can affect an individual's capacity to work. Many people with Parkinson's disease spend more days absent from work and retire early. in addition, carers may work less in order to care for their loved ones with Parkinson's disease 

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