What is Parkinsons?
Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time.
The number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's in the UK is about 145,000. That's around 1 adult in every 350.
People with Parkinson's don't have enough of the chemical dopamine because some of the nerve cells that make it have died.
3 things we know about Parkinson's
- Parkinson's develops when cells in the brain stop working properly and are lost over time. These brain cells produce a chemical called dopamine.
- Symptoms start to appear when the brain can’t make enough dopamine to control movement properly.
- There are 3 main symptoms - tremor (shaking), slowness of movement and rigidity (muscle stiffness) - but there are many other symptoms too.
About Parkinson's UK
Parkinson's UK are the parkinson's charity that drives better care, treatments and quality of life. Because we're here, no one has to face Parkinson's alone.
What Services Parkinsons UK offer in Stockport
Stockport group meeting
Parkinson's UK offer information and support for people affected by parkinson's. The main group meeting is once a month, except December, however we meet weekly and have an exercise/social session on the other 3 weeks of the month.
Every third Wednesday of the month from 14:00 - 16:00 at the Masonic Guildhall, 169-171 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1 3UA
Seated exercise class
If your symptoms are more complex, focus on everyday activities you have difficulty with. Chair-based exercise can help you stay safe and feel confident.
Every Wednesday from 14:00 - 16:00 at the Masonic Guildhall, 169-171 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1 3UA