The upcoming EPDA (European Parkinson Disease Association) International congress will bring together national Parkinson associations from accross Europe.
This year EuPaTh (European Parkinson Therapy Centre) will discuss the 4 pillars approach to Parkinson’s as well as a proposal for a good practice framework , already proposed by EuPaTh and a new research document beeing pulled together to present and possibily use on World Parkinson’s day. The draft Document, created by EuPaTh together with their research partner Oxford brooks university suggests that an early intervention program would save the Govenerment nearly half a billion pounds over 5 years and increase quality of life for people with Parkinson’s.
As one Neurologist famously quoted “we are heading for a Pandemic”
Parkinson’s Pandemic: There is a substantial increase in the number of people living with Parkinson’s disease. The recent increase in numbers has been evidenced to range somewhere between 10 – 65%, which may be reflective both of an aging demographic, alongside a number of possible environmental and contextual factors [1-3]. The numbers of people living with Parkinson’s disease (PwP) globally will double from 2015 to 2040. Importantly, there is an increase in the number of people both presenting and living longer with Parkinson’s which will necessitate a step change in approaches to health and care across Europe. Parkinson’s is one of a number of neurological disorders which are the leading cause of disability in the world.