Rising number of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s 

Currently there are 153,000 people in the UK living with Parkinson’s, according to Parkinson’s UK and the number is growing. 

Parkinson’s Awareness Week, hopes to spread awareness of the condition across the UK. 

Recent data shows that there has been a rise each year in the number of people with Parkinson’s. In 2023, 128,000 people in England alone, were diagnosed with Parkinson’s.  

According to Parkinson’s UK, this is likely to increase to 172,000 people in 2030 in the UK, with two more people diagnosed every hour, due to population growth.  

Locally, Parkinson’s UK offer support groups in Sutton, Kingston and Epsom (SKE branch), the branch is run by a committee of volunteers and host regular monthly events at Bourne Hall.   

Sophie Hesdon from the SKE branch said, “I would advise all stages of those living with Parkinson’s to join the local branch. 

“Parkinson’s UK also run a newly diagnosed course and we run event’s which focus on local support for our members to help with mindfulness, relaxation, benefits of exercise and a good diet.” 

The group offers a range of events for people with Parkinson’s and the carers, including a monthly carers coffee club to help family and friends support each other locally.  

Emma Smith from Parkinson’s UK said: “If you’re busy caring for someone, it may be difficult to look after your own physical and mental health. But recognising your own needs will help you balance caring with the rest of your life.” 

SKE branch also offers a local monthly event for people living on their own with Parkinson’s. 

When asked what is important about spreading awareness this week, Hesdon said: “It’s the fastest growing neurological condition in the world and affects everyone differently.” 

According to Parkinsons UK, Parkinson’s is more common in people over 60 years old. People diagnosed under the age of 50 years old is estimated at 1,752 people across the UK. 

Common symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremors, rigidity, mild memory, sleeping problems, pain and mental health problems including anxiety and depression. 

“Our Parkinson’s advisers can support anyone with Parkinson’s, their family, or their carer,” said Smith.  

The SKE branch are running local events for people with Parkinson’s or friends and family of people with Parkinson’s across the spring and summer. 

You also can call or email at www.parkinsons.org.uk, for help and support.  

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