There are estimated to be 80,000 Australians living with Parkinson's disease (PD). A diagnosis can occur at any age, with the most common age of diagnosis being 50-60 years. There are no concrete figures available of how many people with Parkinson's (PWP) live in the City of Sydney.
Chris Davis (UTS Sustainability Business Development Manager) and Gerald Ganglbauer (The Ultimo Society) joined forces to launch a new support group in Ultimo, which closes a gap in Parkinson's NSW's existing support network.
Both Chris and Gerald know what is like to be challenged with PD, as they both suffer from the illness.
"When I was diagnosed a couple of years ago at 47, I went into shock; my emotions ranged from denial and disbelief to anger and depression. I wished I had known someone like me in the neighbourhood to talk to face to face," Gerald said.
"Besides raising awareness for Parkinson's in the community, this is the main reason we're launching a new local support group. We invite every PWP in the City West area to join the group!"
There is no cure for Parkinson's disease, however there are a number of effective treatment and therapy options that can help manage symptoms. Nevertheless, the best therapy to share the burden is always a good talk.