Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition caused by insufficient quantities of dopamine - a chemical in the brain. Dopamine enables quick, well-coordinated movement. When dopamine levels fall, movements become slow and awkward. Parkinson’s has both motor and non-motor symptoms, and while it cannot be cured it can be treated. As Parkinson’s is a progressive condition it can often take many years to develop and has little effect on life expectancy. Approximately 1 in 500 people have the condition. It becomes more common with older age groups, and it is believed that 1% of people above the age of 60 have Parkinson’s disease. The average age at diagnosis is 59. Source: Parkinson's Society of NZ.
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