Myths about Parkinson’s Disease

Although Parkinson’s Disease is a common neurological disorder (it affects over 10 million people worldwide), there are some myths about the condition which prevail. Let’s take a look

1. Only older people get Parkinson’s

“Parkinson’s is an old person’s disease” is a common misconception about the condition. While most people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed over the age of 65, one in 20 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s will be under the age of 40.

2. Parkinson’s only affects your walking

Some of the earliest signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s can be an impaired walking/gait pattern, but symptoms such as tremor, balance issues, changes to your speech, low mood, and issues with sleep can all present as symptoms of the condition.

3. Parkinson’s symptoms present the same every day

Parkinson’s is inherently unpredictable, and each day can be different from the last, with some days being better than others. How your condition progresses and how often symptoms are experienced are different from person to person and no two people with Parkinson’s are the same.

4. People with Parkinson’s shouldn’t exercise

People with Parkinson’s may worry that they should slow down and not partake in exercise. Exercise is a vital component of Parkinson’s management and an important component in maintaining mobility and general well being. Getting some exercise each day can be really important, and there are many enjoyable exercises you can do at home. Always consult your doctor if you are unsure about starting a new exercise regime. A great way to get daily exercise, and clinically proven therapy at the same time, is with the Beats Medical Parkinson’s Treatment Service.

5. Once you’re diagnosed with Parkinson’s, there’s nothing you can do about it

Although there is currently no known cure for Parkinson’s disease, it is possible to live well now while a discovery of a cure is being pursued. Researchers are looking for advanced treatments to stop the disease and even prevent it from happening in the first place. In the meantime, it is important to take control and make the most out of each day. Join Parkinson’s meetups, exercise groups, and keep doing the things you love.