Paul Masterton MP is backing a major charity campaign to shine a spotlight on Parkinson’s, to raise understanding of and change attitudes towards the condition.
Parkinson’s UK Parkinson’s Is campaign, which launches on World Parkinson’s Day (11 April), aims to shatter public misconceptions about the condition by highlighting the reality of everyday life for those living with it and their families.
Parkinson’s is a serious neurological condition with more than 40 symptoms that affects people of all ages. It causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. Currently there is no cure. 12,400 people in Scotland have Parkinson’s and about 30 people are diagnose each week.
But according to recent research from Parkinson’s UK, 8 in 10 people with Parkinson’s believe that awareness and understanding is low because people don’t consider it to be a serious condition - and only associate it with one symptom - a tremor.
The charity is urging people to visit its website www.parkinsons.org.uk/parkinsons-is to learn more about the condition
Paul Masterton, MP for East Renfrewshire commented:
“One in 37 of us will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in our lifetime, and I’m proud to support Parkinson’s UK’s new campaign to challenge widely held misconceptions about the condition.
“It was great to learn that GHA Rugby Club are one of 80 buildings Scotland-wide that are lighting up blue to raise awareness for World Parkinson Day. Hopefully next year we can have a few more!”
Annie Macleod, Scotland Director of Parkinson’s UK said:
“Despite the fact that Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative condition after Alzheimer’s, many people still don’t understand what Parkinson’s is or how it affects people.
“We hope our new Parkinson’s Is campaign which sees people across Scotland and the rest of the UK share how the condition affects their lives will raise awareness and help correct public misconceptions about this much misunderstood condition.
“We’re grateful for the support of Paul to help bring this message to a wider audience.”