IMPORTANT UPDATE: COVID-19

World Parkinson’s Day 2020 falls on the 11th April 2020 and this year the focus is all about getting to know people with Parkinson’s and the people in their lives. Although many people are aware of Parkinson’s it is often misunderstood and Parkinson’s UK want to change this. The slogan “if you know 66 people, chances are you know someone affected by Parkinson’s” will be shared on the day to stimulate conversation. To bring their idea to life and create a better understanding of Parkinson’s, a map has been created and will be shared online containing stories from those affected by Parkinson’s in order to challenge misconceptions. Landmarks in Scotland will also be lit up in blue to show support for the cause.

If you would like to view the map please click here.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. The 3 main symptoms of Parkinson’s are tremor, stiffness and slowness of movement but it can present itself in many other ways and can be quite hard to diagnose. Although at present there is no cure lots of treatments and therapies are available and Charities such as Parkinson’s UK do an amazing job in helping to support sufferers, providing information and increasing quality of life.

It is often helpful for sufferers to put in place Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) to ensure that they have selected the most appropriate person to assist with decision making if and when it becomes necessary. LPA's can be put in place to cover financial decisions as well as health and welfare matters including end of life care. Please email our Private Client team for free initial advice on LPA's.

Here at Ramsdens we are doing our part to help raise awareness and create a community of inclusivity. For anyone with Parkinson’s concerned about coronavirus Parkinson’s UK have also put together some guidance on the matter which can be found on their website or by calling their hotline 0808 800 0303. Although we are in unprecedented times these charities continue to work around the clock and together, we can beat Parkinson’s.

Join our Private Client and Clinical Negligence team in raising awareness, by joining the conversation over on Twitter #KnowParkinsons.