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Support group for people with Parkinson’s disease launched – The New Indian Express

ByJulie J. Helfer

Apr 11, 2022

By Express press service

CHENNAI: Apollo Hospitals held a Parkinson’s disease awareness meeting and formed a Parkinson’s disease support group. It will be a multidisciplinary team and will include patient and caregiver representatives, world-class physicians and surgeons, trained in the treatment of PD, neuroscientists, who will help to better understand and treat, said a statement from the hospital.

Physiotherapists, language therapists, dieticians, social workers, nodal contacts for primary physicians and patients themselves will also be part of this group. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the world. The prevalence of Parkinson’s disease in the United States and India is 295 and 42 per 100,000.

Dr. Vijay Shankar, Senior Clinical Consultant Neurologist, Apollo Hospitals, said: “Awareness of Parkinson’s disease in India is very less. People often overlook early symptoms like tremors and slowness in daily activities as being due to old age or secondary to stress.

Most people see a doctor when it becomes bothersome after a few years or is reported by family and friends. A greater percentage of them endured a long period of suffering when they sought qualified help.