Greetings from the Health and Social Care team at Jisc,
The 11th of April is World Parkinson’s day.
The day offers an occasion to raise awareness and gather a greater understanding of the disease that an estimated 127,000 people are affected by in the UK alone.
‘Parkinson’s disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain called the substantia nigra. This leads to a reduction in a chemical called dopamine in the brain.’
Students studying health and social care from York College marked the day by meeting members of the York Parkinson’s Association at their campus to talk about their personal experiences with the condition. The honest portrayals of the effects of living with such a meddling illness gave the students insight into living with the disease.
Students were able to ask about individual experiences and coping mechanisms and could take part in activities simulating the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Trying to pick coins out of a purse with rubber gloves on depicts the frustrations of having stiff joints and not being able to carry out everyday tasks very quickly.
Students welcomed the opportunity to chat openly about the disease, noting how insightful it was having the chance to gather perspectives and understand how patients, family members and carers manage the symptoms.
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The H&SC team