Following This World Parkinson’s Day on the 11th April, the RSP wishes to raise awareness of Parkinson’s new campaign, Parkinson’s Is, with our rural networks.
The following survey results makes interesting reading:
In the biggest survey of its kind, more than 2,300 people with Parkinson’s have revealed the negative reactions they’ve encountered because of their diagnosis. The results launched today to coincide with World Parkinson’s Day, show 87% have had negative experiences including being laughed at, accusations of being drunk and even being disbelieved when they’ve revealed their diagnosis.
This figure rises to 99% among those aged 40-50, highlighting the additional challenge of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s at a younger age.
Key figures showed:
The findings also highlight the huge toll that public reactions have on those living with the condition everyday - with 57% cancelling or avoiding social situations due to embarrassment about their Parkinson’s symptoms, or fears about how people will react to them.
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