Parkinson’s

Parkinson's disease, idiopathic Parkinson's disease, parkinsonism, vascular Parkinsonism

What is Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition which affects the brain and gets worse over time.

What causes Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s develops when nerve cells in the brain die and stop producing dopamine, which controls movement.

What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s?

People with Parkinson’s will typically see changes in how they talk, walk, swallow and write.

The three main symptoms of Parkinson’s are a tremor (an uncontrollable movement that affects a part of the body, usually while at rest), rigidity (the muscles becoming stiff or inflexible) and a slowness of movement.  

Are you affected by Parkinson’s?

If you’re affected by Parkinson’s, The Brain Charity can support you.

We are the only charity in the UK to be here for every one of the more than 600 different neurological conditions in existence. Together, many are rare, but combined, they affect 1 in 6 people.

We provide practical help on all aspects of living with Parkinson’s, emotional support such as counselling, phone befriending and group therapy and social activities to people with Parkinson’s from all over the UK from our centre in Liverpool.

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Our friendly Information & Advice Officers are here to help. We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.

0800 008 6417

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Caring for someone affected by Parkinson’s

We support carers, friends and family too

Are you a carer for or relative of someone with Parkinson’s? It’s just as important for you to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing too.

The Brain Charity provides free support for carers, friends and family of people with any form of neurological condition, including Parkinson’s, from anywhere in the UK.

We also run an additional carers advocacy service for all carers in Liverpool, regardless of which type of condition the person they care for has.

You don’t need to be a formal or registered carer

We can help you even if you don’t view yourself as a formal carer or claim Carer’s Allowance. Find out some of the ways we support carers below.

Other resources

The Brain Charity's library

The Brain Charity's public library has free books and leaflets on Parkinson's and a wide range of other disability-related and neurological topics.

Diet and Parkinson’s by Parkinson’s UK

Our Mum has Parkinson’s by Karen Goodall

Parkinson’s Disease: The way forward! by Geoffrey Leader

Search The Brain Charity’s full library & reserve a book here.

Support groups

Parkinson's UK

Parkinson’s UK run Parkinson’s support groups all over the UK. Click here to find one near you. 

The Brain Charity

The Brain Charity provides free meeting room space for support groups for neurological conditions in Merseyside.

Contact our Info & Advice team for details of all support groups or to find out how to set up your own.

Other charities

Parkinson's UK

www.parkinsons.org.uk 

Tel: 0808 800 0303 

Cure Parkinson's

www.cureparkinsons.org.uk

Tel: 0207 487 3892

Parkinson's Care

www.parkinsonscare.org.uk

Tel: 0203 380 2573