Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which certain areas of the brain become progressively more damaged.
The main symptoms of Parkinson’s are related to movement (also known as motor symptoms) but as the disease progresses, cognitive and behavioural symptoms may also develop. In the UK around 127,000 people have Parkinson’s and most cases occur in people aged 50 or over. Parkinson’s becomes more common with increasing age; around 5 in 1,000 over-60 year olds, and around 40 in 1,000 over-80 year olds have Parkinson’s.
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