South Hykeham to host Parkinson’s wellness event

Human brain.
Photo: (2014)

Parkinson’s UK Lincoln Branch will be hosting a Wellness Event at The Bentley Hotel in South Hykeham on June 5.

The charity is looking for any Lincolnshire organisations or therapists to attend to demonstrate their skills. Attendance will be free.

The day will focus on wellness and wellbeing as well as focusing on bringing a benefit to the mental health affected by the condition. There will be an emphasis on making positive changes everyday lives such as good nutrition and exercise to reduce the symptoms. The event is primarily aimed at people with Parkinson’s but anybody can attend.

Katie Smith from Parkinson’s UK Lincoln branch said: “It’s a really special event on June 5. It will make a huge difference to the physical and mental health to everybody affected by Parkinson’s. There will be taster session to try new therapy and various activates too.”

What is Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s disease is a condition where the brain becomes progressively damaged over many years. The cause of the disease is a loss of nerve cells in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra. The main symptoms include involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body (tremor) slow movement and stiff and inflexible muscles. Most experts say Parkinson’s is a combination of genetic and environmental factors is responsible.

It is thought that around 1 in 500 people in the UK is affected, which works out at around 127,000 people overall. Men are also more likely to get the disease than Women. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s, but treatments are progressing and patients can expect to experience reduced symptoms and to live a good quality of life.

LSJ reporter Dan Sharpe speaks to Katie Smith from Parkinson’s UK.