Parkinson's Awareness Week 2013
In Parkinson's Awareness Week we asked people to put
themselves in the shoes of people with Parkinson's and take a small step to
understanding the condition.
What life is like with Parkinson's - people's stories
Duration: 2 minutes 7 seconds
And lots more people are sharing experiences of
Parkinson's on our Facebook page. Put yourself in their
What you can do to help
People with Parkinson's have told us
their top 5 things that people can do to help.
Please be patient
It takes me longer to do things. Give me time - I'll get
Understand communicating can be difficult
If Parkinson's makes me unsteady, please don't assume I'm drunk.
A little understanding would make life a lot easier.
If I don't smile, I'm not being unfriendly - I just can't move
my face. Talking isn't always easy, but if you listen carefully
you'll hear me.
Please don't stare or make assumptions
It's upsetting if you stare or think the worst. If Parkinson's
makes me unsteady, please don't assume I'm drunk.
If I'm not working it's because I can't. There is currently no
cure and my symptoms will get worse.
Ask if you can help
I can tell you if I need your help. It might take me a while to
speak, so please be patient. Don't try and move me if I freeze - I
could fall over.
Take a little time to understand Parkinson's
Parkinson's affects all kinds of people. Many are raising
families, working or volunteering in spite of the obstacles they
face. A little understanding would make life a lot easier.
More about Parkinson's and the
information and support available
What else happened during Parkinson's Awareness Week?
In this section
What was the idea behind the campaign?
A person with Parkinson's told us how much he wished that people
could put themselves in his shoes so they could understand what
life is like.
See our Parkinson's Awareness Week
FAQ to find out more.