“When I was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I thought our life was over. There was nowhere to turn, nowhere to find answers to our questions. With the help and support of the Parkinson’s Society, and HealthPartners in general, we took a different attitude. Our life isn’t over, it’s just changed.”
Tremor, slowness, stiffness, muscle rigidity…about 100,000 Canadians with Parkinson’s deal with these symptoms every day. A progressive neurodegenerative disease, Parkinson’s costs the health system more than $30 billion a year, and medication costs individuals about $1,000 a month. The disease also exacts a huge toll on families and caregivers.
THEN: Parkinson’s was first identified and documented in 1817. Beyond being called “shaking palsy,” not much was known about the disease or how to help individuals and families cope.
Enter Parkinson Society of Canada
NOW: Advances continue to be made towards finding a cure and developing more effective treatments. Therapies such as speech therapy help people manage their symptoms, and programs and services help families and caregivers cope better.