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Today is World Parkinson’s Day. A day to raise awareness and funding for Parkinson’s disease. This is a cause that is very close to my heart.

At about age 80 my Grandma was diagnosed with PD. By the end of her life at 88 she couldn’t walk properly, couldn’t remember things (this went in hand with dementia) and needed a carer. My grandma was one of the fortunate ones, as she only had to live with the debilitating condition for a few years, but for many it’s a long, harsh battle.

PD is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system mainly affecting the motor system. 70,000 Australians have this disease. Most get diagnosed in there late 60s/70s but there are plenty of cases where individuals as young as 30 have contracted PD.

In simple terms Parkinson’s affects ones movement, with constant and uncontrollable shaking. PD progresses over time and when it reaches its maturity it is hard for patients to carry out every tasks that you and I take for granted. Having a shower and cutting food to name a couple. Other symptoms include pain, depression and problems with memory and sleep.

It is currently UNKNOWN what causes Parkinson’s Disease. There is no cure, only some medication that can assist in managing the symptoms. Even though the understanding of PD is increasing there is still a long way to go. And that’s where you and I come in! More funding and research needs to go into this cause.

Here’s what you can do to help…

Donate to SHAKE IT UP  – an Australian charity connected with the Michael J Fox Foundation. 100% of your donation goes to funding and research into PD
Organise a PAUSE FOR PARKINSONS event. Event’s have already started this month but it’s not to late to get people together and raise money for this important cause
Volunteer for CLINICAL TRIALS – this is a major step in finding a cure for PD

Watch the video below to get to the core of what fighters of Parkinson’s disease go through and their stories.

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