Get Friendly for Parkinsons Awareness

Fran Doorghen and Vivien Ellis who completed Run Garioch for Parkinson's UK
Fran Doorghen and Vivien Ellis who completed Run Garioch for Parkinson's UK

Every hour someone in the UK is diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson’s UK say that because they are there no one has to face Parkinson’s alone. As the UK’s leading Parkinson’s support and research charity they are leading the work to find a cure, campaigning to change attitudes and demand better services.

All of this work is dependent on donations which is Parkinson’s UK are grateful very grateful to Fran Doorghen and Vivien Ellins for competing in Run Garioch, the Inverurie running event.

And Parkinson’s UK say that an estimated 69,000 people in the UK with Parkinson’s have experienced hostility and rudeness from members of the public

The charity asked people with Parkinson’s about their experiences. A third have been stared at, a quarter have had symptoms mistaken for drunkenness, and one in ten have been laughed at because of their symptoms.

With 46 per cent of people with Parkinson’s experiencing depression and 62 per cent suffering from anxiety, clinicians warn these insensitive public reactions could be wreaking untold damage on the mental health of people with Parkinson’s.

Professor David Burn, Parkinson’s UK clinical director, warns, “It’s devastating to see the added burden thoughtless reactions from the public are having on people with Parkinson’s.

“Patients I see in the clinic are already battling a myriad of neurological symptoms including anxiety, depression and insomnia. The last thing they need is to feel like a zoo exhibit when they step out of their front door.

“Understanding, patience and empathy can make the difference to someone with Parkinson’s as to whether they feel imprisoned in their own home, or confident to go out in public.”

During Parkinson’s Awareness Week The charity are challenging the public to ‘up your friendly’. Being patient and kind can make all the difference to people with Parkinson’s.

Other awareness events will be happening during the week April 20-25, around Aberdeen City and Shire, watch out for the big blue signs.