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Wockhardt Hospital launches support group for Parkinson’s patients and their families

ByJulie J. Helfer

Apr 15, 2022

Wockhardt Hospitals Mira Road has launched a support group to bring patients together with their families and carers. According to the hospital, this initiative will guide them on the proper treatment and care required for patients with Parkinson’s disease. The hospital program will provide support by meeting the clinical, physical, nutritional and emotional needs of the patient. The hospital said the event saw 50 patients and families attend.

Parkinson’s disease is a slowly developing neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system with symptoms manifesting over a period of time. The disorder affected the patient’s locomotor abilities. Shaking, shaking, stiffness, difficulty walking and moving are some of the common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is also linked to mental disorders such as depression, anxiety and nervousness, as the disease attacks dopamine-producing neurons in the brain.

“A lot of people are living with Parkinson’s disease. The patient and even his family are stressed. It becomes difficult to take care of such patients. Parkinson’s disease is poorly understood. People often overlook symptoms such as tremors and slow locomotion in their daily activities, attributing them to old age, stress and depression,” said Dr Pavan Pai, Consultant Interventional Neurologist, Wockhardt Hospitals, Mira Road.

Dr. Pai also said that now Parkinson’s disease is sometimes seen in young people (under 50) and is known as Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD). He also informed that secondary Parkinson’s disease occurs due to repeated head trauma, chemical exposure and post-encephalitis (after brain infection).

Dr Pai revealed that the Parkinson’s Support Group encourages patients to manage the disease through exercise and non-drug therapies. It helps them improve their quality of life.