Today is World Parkinson’s Day. Loop Cayman Islands

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Today (April 11) is World Parkinson’s Day, a day where friends and family remember loved ones battling Parkinson’s disease and aims to raise public awareness of the disease in general.

The disease, which is said to have been named after English doctor James Parkinson and is recognized annually on his birthday, has been reported to be the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder in the world after Alzheimer’s disease. An estimated seven to ten million people worldwide are fighting the disease. ,

According to the reported data, men are 1.5 times more likely than women to have Parkinson’s and the incidence of the disease, or the rate of newly diagnosed cases, generally increases with age, with an estimated 4 percent of people. Parkinson’s is diagnosed earlier in age. 50.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include tremors in the hands, stiffness, slowing of movement, and difficulty walking. In advanced stages of the disease, dementia may also be common.

Some famous people like boxer, Muhammad Ali and actor, Michael J Fox have raised public awareness about Parkinson’s disease, which includes risk factors related to the disease. Ultimately, these factors affect a person’s quality of life and the illness sometimes makes social interaction more difficult.

For the time being, reports say that medications, surgery, and physical therapy can provide relief, but as of yet no cure is known for Parkinson’s disease.

In the meantime, family and friends should continue to support loved ones who are battling the disease, especially in a small place like the Caymans where such support can mean so much and help their progress.