World Parkinson's Day
Science & Technology
18th Apr, 2022
World Parkinson's Day is observed every year on April 11 to spread awareness about the neurodegenerative disease.
About World Parkinson's Day:
- The day marks the anniversary of James Parkinson who wrote the article - An Essay on the Shaking Palsy in 1817, recognizing the disease for the first time.
- Theme: This year, the theme for the day is ‘integrated health care’ – considered vital for all those living with Parkinson’s disease.
- The theme aims to stress the importance of a multidisciplinary approach involving mental health support, nutritional support, exercise, and language for the holistic well-being of those affected by this disease.
- The neurodegenerative movement disorder Parkinson's disease occurs when the dopamine-producing cells in a part of the brain called substantia nigra start to deteriorate.
- Parkinson’s disease, a progressive nervous system disorder, primarily affects movement due to the loss of specific brain cells.
- It mainly affects people over 60, although younger people are also at risk.
- Symptoms: The symptoms of the disease are tremor in limbs, stiffness, problems in coordinating movements, posture problems, and sleep problems.
- Some patients may also report behavioural changes like: Depression, Fatigue, Memory difficulties, and Sleep problems.
- Parkinson's disease has no cure but it can be managed by making some dietary changes.
- Fish oils, fava beans, antioxidant-rich meals, and foods strong in vitamins B1, C, and D are some of the foods that can help.