Sometimes our motor control changes as we age, but when is it time to be concerned?
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive neurological condition that affects movement. It is typically known as a ‘movement disorder’ and is a result of reduced dopamine, a chemical in the brain that influences motor control.
Thirty Australians are diagnosed with PD every day and approximately 70,000 Australians have developed the disease. The average age of diagnosis is 65 years, however PD can also affect younger people.
Everyone experiences PD differently and there is no known cause for the condition.
Some of the symptoms of PD are:
- Voice changes
- Sleep disorders
- Sensory deficits
- Falling or loss of balance
- Slowness of movement (bradykinesia)
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor or contact Parkinson’s South Australia.
Parkinson’s South Australia is a not for profit organisation that has provided support and information to people living with PD, their carers, family, community and health professionals for over 30 years.
Support is available for people at the time of diagnosis, in the early stages and throughout the whole progression of the condition.
Anyone affected by PD or other movement disorders can call 1800 644 189, email email@example.com or visit parkinsonssa.org.au.