My Parkinson's Does Not Prevent Me From Living The Life I Want

Published: 22/05/2019

A number of our customers are living with Parkinson's Disease and we are proud to support Parkinson’s Awareness Day on 11th June and share some insights into the disease. We recently spent some time with customer Carol and her Live-in Care Assistant Mina as despite her Parkinson's, Carol does not let the disease beat her and we helped her arrange a two trip to Israel in March!

A number of our customers are living with Parkinson's Disease and we are proud to support Parkinson’s Awareness Day on 11th June and share some insights into the disease.

Parkinson's is a degenerative and challenging disease which is caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain called the substantia nigra. This leads to a reduction in a chemical called dopamine in the brain and has three main symptoms:
  • Involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body tremor 
  • Slow movement
  • Stiff and inflexible muscles
The NHS states that around 1 in 500 people are affected by Parkinson's disease, which means there are an estimated 127,000 people in the UK with the condition.

Because it is degenerative, Parkinson's does not get better and can present a number of challenges to those living with the disease.

We recently spent some time with customer Lenham Carol and her Live-in Care Assistant Mina as despite her Parkinson's, Carol does not let the disease beat her and we helped her arrange a two trip to Israel in March! Carol explained:
 
My diagnosis was really quite unexpected, however there is nothing you can do about it really. There was no real reason given as to why I got Parkinson's, however I was prescribed tablets which do help.

Although I have Parkinson's I do not feel that it should stop me from living the life that I want. I used to travel quite a lot with my husband, so arranged a recent trip to Israel and my incredible Live-in Care Assistant Mina came to support me.

We had a truly wonderful time and visited a lot of temples along with the Western Wall (which was freezing) and the Dead Sea. We also visited Jordan and took in all of the sights.

I flew first class as it was easier for me with my condition and they even upgraded Mina which was a real surprise. The staff on the plane were wonderful and very accommodating which put me at ease.

My message to those living with Parkinson's is simply to not give up; it is still possible to do the things you love.

Although you may need a little help, I am hoping that my recent holiday proves to be of some encouragement to others in demonstrating this. 
If you would like to find out more about the support that we can provide, please contact our team on 01622 616 786​ and they will be more than happy to assist.