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Parkinson's - South Central.

FREE* Education & Training for Healthcare Professionals & Domiciliary workers (home carers), mainly in Hampshire but also including parts of W. Sussex, Berkshire & Oxfordshire.

Welcome. This page is provided by voluntary supporters of Parkinson's UK for the South Central area. The sessions of training and education are listed below. 

At any level of healthcare (homecare or professional) you are welcome to join us. Certificates are provided that will enhance your c.v and career prospects, home-carers will be much encouraged and supported.

Simply contact us for further details or call 01243 573021. Thank you.

These sessions are Free and Certificated:

Education and Training Sessions

March 17th, Monday New Forest area. Venue: New Milton
March 19th, Wednesday Surrey/ Hants/ Sussex borders. Venue: Paxhill
April 8th, Tuesday Central Hampshire. Venue: Basingstoke
April 17th, Thursday Hants South, Venue: Waterlooville
April 25th, Friday Isle of Wight. Venue: Ryde.
April 29th, Tuesday Southampton, Above Bar Church


Parkinson's education

What is Parkinson's

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition whereby people have an insufficiency in their brains of the chemical dopamine because some nerve cells have died. 

Without dopamine people can find that their movements become slower, taking longer to do things. The loss of nerve cells in the brain causes the symptoms of Parkinson's to appear. There is currently no cure for and we don't yet know why people get the condition. With your help we are doing all that we can to find a cure.

Parkinson's doesn't directly cause people to die, but symptoms do get worse over time. One person in every 500 has Parkinson's. That's about 127,000 people in the UK. Most people who get Parkinson's are aged 50 or over but younger people can get it too. One in 20 is under the age of 40.

Everyone with Parkinson's has different symptoms. The main ones are tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement. As well as affecting movement, people with Parkinson's can find that other issues, such as tiredness, pain, depression and constipation can have an impact on their day-to-day lives. Symptoms will differ from one person to the next. 

The symptoms can be controlled using a combination of drugs, therapies and occasionally surgery. As Parkinson's progresses, an increased amount of care and support may be required, although many people maintain a good quality of life with limited care or treatment.

It's not easy to diagnose Parkinson's. There are no laboratory tests so it's important that the diagnosis is made by a specialist. The specialist will examine the person for any physical signs of Parkinson's and take a detailed history of the symptoms they are experiencing. Everyone's experience of Parkinson's is different. We have a lot of information for people with Parkinson's, their family, friends and Carers on topics relating to everyday life with Parkinson's.

Contact us for more details

Parkinson's covers the entire UK, for details in your area please use any of the links above.

* Please note that in some areas training and education is not entirely "free" as we ask for only a very small contribution (generally £5-10) as a contribution to our costs of providing the venue and refreshments etc. Thank you.