Parkinson’s is a brain condition which can leave people struggling to walk, speak and sleep affecting one in 500 people in North Tyneside, according to its MP Mary Glindon.
Mary Glindon, who attended an event in Parliament to highlight the disease, said: 'We heard how people can suffer many symptoms including insomnia, depression, and hallucinations and that it robs people of their independence. But the Parkinson's charity makes a persuasive case that through more research, improved services, and empowering people with Parkinson’s to take control can turn lives around.'
The North Tyneside MP met Parkinson’s UK president and actress Jane Asher, and people affected by Parkinson’s including Paul McCourt, who has had Parkinson’s for five years and said he ‘crumbled’ when he first heard his diagnosis.
Parkinson’s UK wants to see quality services as standard for the
127,000 people like Paul with Parkinson’s in the UK. They also want people with Parkinson’s to feel empowered to take control of their lives, and to take part in clinical trials in their local area to help find better treatments and a cure in years not decades.
Parkinson’s UK Chief Executive Steve Ford said: 'It’s brilliant Mary Glindon has signed up to help us bring forward the day when no-one fears Parkinson’s. With their support, together we can turn around the lives of people with Parkinson’s.'
For advice, information and support, visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or call our free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.
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