Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disorder that has the main symptoms of tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement. There are many other possible problems but few people will suffer from them all. About 1 in 500 people suffer from Parkinson’s in the UK, and most are aged 50 or over.
Drugs are the main treatment being prescribed to suit individual needs. Unfortunately there are no perfect drugs for long-term treatment and research continues to find a cure. Parkinson’s is not infectious and does not run in families.
Parkinson’s uk is the biggest Parkinson’s support and research charity, and is committed to finding a cure. It provides a range of information and support, including expert staff and nurses. There are about 330 local groups and Welwyn Hatfield Branch is one that was established in 1989.
Our Branch is a lively and friendly group of local people who are concerned with supporting anyone with Parkinson’s, their family and carers. We organise social events, exercise classes, art therapy sessions, outings and occasionally lunches for carers. We believe that no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.
Run only by volunteers, we welcome anyone affected by Parkinson’s to join us at our meetings. Our membership Secretary, Mrs Jean Jones, can be contacted by telephone on 07831 931405, and will answer any questions you may have.