World Parkinson's Day took place on 11 April.
Mark Prisk MP attended a reception with charity Parkinson's UK to speak to organisers about the common misconceptions associated with the condition, and how, as a society, we can we can become better informed and more supportive towards those who live with it.
Parkinson’s is a serious neurological condition with more than 40 symptoms that affects people of all ages. It causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. Currently there is no cure.
The number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's in the UK is about 145,000. That's around 1 adult in every 350.
According to recent research from Parkinson’s UK, 8 in 10 people with Parkinson’s believe that awareness and understanding is low because people don’t consider it to be a serious condition - and only associate it with one symptom - a tremor.
Parkinson's UK’s ‘Parkinson’s Is’ campaign, which launched on, aims to shatter public misconceptions about the condition by highlighting the reality of everyday life for those living with it and their families.
You can learn more about the condition and the campaign by watching this video.
You can support Parkinson's UK here.