World Parkinson’s Day, observed annually on April 11th since 1997 and commemorates the birthday of Dr. James Parkinson, who first described the disease of the same name in 1817.This global event raises awareness about Parkinson’s disease, the neurodegenerative disorder affecting movement, by focusing on the challenges faced by those living with Parkinson’s and the need for more research and better treatments. Various organisations participate through events, educational programs, and fundraising to support research and affected individuals.
By promoting this day we help to break down misconceptions about Parkinson’s and also recognise and show solidarity for those affected. We celebrate the tremendous work done by those in the medical and care professions who work all year round to support patients. World Parkinson’s day aims to put pressure on world leaders to increase quality of life for those affected while allocating funds for research and treatments.