Dudley North MP Ian Austin joined campaigners in Parliament this week to mark 200 years since Parkinson’s was first recognised as a condition.
Austin met with representatives from the charity Parkinson’s UK and people affected by Parkinson’s to hear about the work the charity is doing to raise awareness of the illness.
Austin talked to staff and volunteers about the strides that have been made in understanding the condition since it was first recognised in 1817, but also the work that is still to be done as there is no cure for Parkinson’s and current medication can’t stop the condition from progressing.
Parkinson’s UK highlighted the issues faced by people with Parkinson’s, including the urgent need to include Parkinson’s in dementia research as Dementia and mild cognitive impairment have a devastating impact on people with Parkinson’s and their families.
Parkinson’s affects one in 500 people in the Black Country and can cause symptoms including insomnia, depression, and hallucinations, robbing people of their independence. But through more research, improved services, and empowering people with Parkinson’s to take control, their lives can be turned around.
Ian Austin MP said:
“I have met with lots of people who are suffering with or caring for loved ones with Parkinson’s in Dudley.
“It is a terrible condition but thanks to the work of staff and volunteers at charities such as Parkinson’s UK much is being done to help them.
“Parkinson’s research is a fundamental part of the solution to the nation’s dementia challenge.
“I look forward to working with the charity to ensure that people affected by these issues in Dudley can feel confident that everything is being done to drive forward research and improve lives.”
Parkinson’s UK Chief Executive Steve Ford said:
“With 2017 marking such a significant anniversary for us, we wanted to reflect on what we have achieved and what we have yet to do in order to improve the lives of everybody affected by Parkinson’s, but we can’t do this alone.
“That’s why it’s brilliant Ian has pledged to help us drive forward vital research.
“We look forward to seeing the difference Ian can make in Dudley, and how he can help us to keep Parkinson’s on the political agenda.”