Parkinson's disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years.
Parkinson’s disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in a part of the brain. This leads to a reduction in a chemical called dopamine in the brain. The three main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are:
- Involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body
- Slow movement
- Stiff and inflexible muscles
Although there’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, treatments are available to help reduce the main symptoms and maintain quality of life for as long as possible.
Our Parkinson’s Nurses can provide information, advice and specialist support for people with Parkinson’s and for their carers and families as well as healthcare professionals involved in their care. To access this service you’ll need to be referred by a healthcare professional.