Approximately 1 in 500 people are affected by Parkinson's disease, so at any one time there are around 125-130,000 sufferers in the Britain. Symptoms of Parkinson's usually start to develop after the age of 50, although in around 5% the first problems occure before 40. It can affect either sex but men are slightly more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than women.
The four characteristic symptoms of Parkinson's disease are:
Parkinson's disease can also be associated with other physical and psychological symptoms, including:
The aim of treatment in Parkinson’s is to control the symptoms and if these are mild then treatment may not be necessary. However, if required the options include:
Healthcare professionals (such as Doctors, Specialist Nurses, OTs and Physiotherapists) will always be of primary importance in the management of Parkinson’s.
However, at Fortuna Mobility we are able to offer practical solutions which may help with some of the worst symptoms. We have over 1,000 products available in the showroom with many more available by special order. Our experienced staff can help advise on products which may help you with particular problems. Every customer is different with their own particular needs, but examples of equipment that might be useful in Parkinson’s include:
On the Move
LaserCane Walking Stick
In some situations, buying equipment might not be the best choice and we have wide range of rental equipment available. Although most people will rent for a few weeks or months, rentals can be as short as 2 days or can go on for years, if you find it easier to let us look after your long-term equipment needs.
To help our customers understand some of the issues involved in choosing the right equipment we’ve created a number of hypothetical Scenarios, based on our knowledge and experience. The following example is relevant to some people with Parkinson’s: A 71yr old man with Parkinson’s is finding it harder to walk due to ‘freezing’. Is there any equipment which might help?
A. The U-step rollator has a wrap around design with 7 wheels. The rear wheels are further back than on many rollators making it more stable and reducing the risks fo falls.
A. Yes. We have a demonstration model in our showroom ready for you to try.
However, even if you don’t feel that you need equipment at the moment, feel free to make an appointment to have a look around and chat with one of our advisors so you can get a feel of what’s available for people with Parkinson’s should it be needed.
A national charity providing support to people with Parkinson’s Disease and promoting research.
National Helpline: 0808 800 0303
Enfield Branch: Enfield Trinity Church Hall, Gentleman’s Row, Enfield
Barnet and Brent Branch:
Campaigning to improve the situation for people with neurological conditions
Age UK Enfield
Provide local support and advice
Parkinson's disease (Wikipedia)
For more information about Parkinson’s
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