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Parkinson’s disease is the fastest-growing brain disease in the world. Every day 25 Canadian lives are uprooted by four words: “You have Parkinson’s disease.” But what does that really mean?

Well, it means different things for different people. People just like you. Because Parkinson’s touches almost every aspect of daily life including movement, mood, speech, sense of smell, eating, drinking, sleeping, and the ability to think and process information.

Contemplative middle-aged man sitting alone on stairs in his home
Photo courtesy of Parkinson Canada

Each person experiences Parkinson’s differently — but it always gets worse over time. It robs people of their independence through increased disability and, ultimately, premature death. And this is hard to grasp because we just can’t predict what symptoms you may experience, or when things will change for you. What we can do is arm you with facts and support you to live the best life possible with Parkinson’s.  

We won’t fool you; there will be bad days. But there’ll be good ones, too. And we’ll help you and your family overcome the many obstacles and challenges. Through access to excellent care and treatment options, which Parkinson Canada advocates for, and funding research that unlocks the mysteries of Parkinson’s disease, together we’ll find hope for your future.  

You’re not alone, you’re part of a caring and compassionate community who look out for one another.

To learn how you and your loved ones can fight Parkinson’s disease, visit Parkinson Canada or call toll-free 1-800-565-3000.  

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