Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological condition affecting about 100,000 people in Australia. The average age of onset is 65 and six out of seven people living with Parkinson’s are over the age of 40.
The cause of Parkinson’s is not understood. It is thought that a range of factors may be responsible for the condition. Hereditary Parkinson’s is very rare, although a number of gene mutations are thought to be implicated, along with environmental factors.
Parkinson’s disease usually progresses slowly, and symptoms can be controlled or reduced through a variety of medications and treatments.
Common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
Symptom’s of Parkinson’s can be broadly categorized under non-motor symptoms and motor symptoms.