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Understanding Parkinson’s disease - in conjunction with World Parkinson's Day
Published on: Monday, April 15, 2024
By: Dr Chris Chong
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Understanding Parkinson’s disease - in conjunction with World Parkinson's Day
As a medical advisor for Parkinson Association of West Coast Sabah (PAWS), I urge our community to join hands in raising awareness and providing support for individuals living with PD.
AS a medical advisor for Parkinson Association of West Coast Sabah (Paws), I am committed to raising awareness and advocating for those affected by this progressive neurological disorder. 

Paws is a non-governmental organisation in Sabah. Set up in 2019, the mission of this organisation is to promote awareness of Parkinson’s disease (PD) to the community and to offer holistic care to people with PD. 

On World Parkinson’s Day 2024, it is crucial to shed light on the challenges faced by individuals living with PD and to educate our community about the importance of diagnosis, treatment and support for those impacted by the disease. 

Parkinson’s disease is a complex and chronic progressive nervous system disorder that affects mainly movements (motor symptoms).

However, people with Parkinson’s disease also can have a number of non-motor symptoms (eg depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance, pain and cognitive impairment). 

It develops gradually, often starting with barely noticeable tremor in just one hand or foot. While tremor may be the most well-known sign of Parkinson’s disease, the disorder also commonly causes slowing of movements or stiffness of the limbs. It is caused by gradual loss of dopamine-producing cells in the brain, leading to a range of motor and non-motor symptoms. 

The exact cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown, but researchers believe a combination of genetic and environmental factors play a role.

Living with PD can be challenging for both patients and their carers. The disease can cause significant impact on their daily lives, mobility and independence, making it essential to raise awareness and promote a supportive community environment. 

While there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, there are treatments available that can help manage its symptoms and improve quality of life for patients. 

Medications such as levodopa and dopamine agonist, can help relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease by increasing levels of dopamine in the brain.

Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy can also be beneficial in improving balance, mobility, and overall quality of life for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease.

Surgical intervention such as deep brain stimulation can provide significant relief and improve motor functions in individuals with PD.  

In addition to medical treatment, support group and community resources play a vital role in providing emotional support, education, and help for individuals and families affected by PD. By raising awareness we can create a more supportive and inclusive environment for those living with PD. 

On World Parkinson’s Day 2024, let us come together as a community to raise awareness, show support and advocate for the needs of individuals with PD.

By doing so, hopefully we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by this challenging condition.

As a medical advisor for Parkinson Association of West Coast Sabah (PAWS), I urge our community to join hands in raising awareness and providing support for individuals living with PD.

I would also encourage the public to spread kindness, support and empathy to those affected.

Together we can make a positive impact and enhance quality of life for those affected by PD. 

# Dr Chris Chong is a Neurologist & Physician at Gleneagles Hospital Kota Kinabalu and a Medical advisor for Parkinson Association of West Coast Sabah (Paws)

 

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