People in East Yorkshire being encouraged to talk about Parkinson’s

Published: Monday 20th April 2015 by KCFM

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A new study from Parkinson’s UK has found many sufferers feel alone with their condition.

People in East Yorkshire are being urged to be more sensitive towards those suffering with Parkinson’s.

New research out this morning, reveals one in seven people with the condition, feel trapped inside their homes because of reactions from others.

Figures also revealed half of those with the condition experience depression – a lack of public understanding is being blamed for problem.

The study by Parkinson’s UK, coincides with the start of a national awareness week.

John Hinson from North Ferriby was diagnosed with the condition aged 46.

He says people can be cruel:

“I’ve never been accused of actually appearing drunk but I do know people who have been. I know people who have been refused service at a bar, because they gave the impression that they were drunk. Now of course everyone finds that funny, but it’s not funny when you’re the individual.”

John also runs a local support group, and says many sufferers live in isolation:

“We have a membership that we email over about 400 people. We regularly see about 60 people maximum. The others are out there somewhere, we don’t know who they are, and as part of Parkinson’s Awareness, we want them to come and see us and know that they’re not alone.”

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Published: Monday 20th April 2015 by KCFM

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