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200 Years of Parkinson’s Is Too Long

200 Years of Parkinson’s Is Too Long

Parkinson’s New Zealand is encouraging people to join them for their Parkinson’s Awareness Week 1-7 November to raise awareness of Parkinson’s in the lives of over 10,000 New Zealanders.

It’s been 200 years since English physician James Parkinson first described the condition named after him in An Essay on the Shaking Palsy. Since 1817, major advances have been made in Parkinson’s research, including the development of various medications and other therapies to treat the symptoms of this debilitating condition. And yet we still do not know precisely what causes Parkinson’s, and there is no cure.

“People living with Parkinson’s and their families cannot wait another 200 years for a cure,” said Deirdre O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Parkinson’s New Zealand.

“I encourage everyone to use the hashtag #ParkinsonsNZ this Parkinson’s Awareness Week to get involved and show your support for those affected by Parkinson’s.”

The #ParkinsonsNZ campaign aims to raise awareness of Parkinson’s by using social media, local events and activities across New Zealand.

Volunteers will be out in force during Parkinson’s Awareness Week to raise funds for education programmes and support for people living with Parkinson’s. You can make a donation on the Parkinson’s New Zealand website www.parkinsons.org.nz.

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