Parkinson’s in New Zealand
Parkinson’s a life-changing and neuro-degenerative condition that can affect anyone at any age. It progressively damages parts of the brain over many years. Parkinson’s is relatively common and is now the fastest-growing neurological condition on the planet. It affects approximately 11,500 New Zealanders, and with the population ageing, that number is predicted to double in the next 20 years.
First established over 35 years ago, Parkinson’s New Zealand is the only NZ organisation providing education, information and support to people living with Parkinson’s, as well as their whānau and carers. We have twenty-five Parkinson’s Nurses and Community Educators who offer a vital range of free services. These services range from home visits, advice and advocacy, as well as referrals to other health professionals, including speech therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. Our Parkinson’s Nurses work as part of a unique and interdisciplinary clinical service that attracts worldwide interest.
Anyone with Parkinson’s can access our service for free. Our service empowers people with Parkinson’s, their carers and whānau to better manage their condition and symptoms and take informed decisions about their own health care. Our support groups, exercise classes and other social activities enable people with Parkinson’s to maintain good physical and mental health for as long as possible and to participate in community life for longer.
With nearly 2,700 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s in New Zealand every year, funding from community organisations, such as the Trust House Foundation, allows us to continue providing our vital services for free.
More information on our website, parkinsons.org.nz.