People with Parkinson’s disease have found a new lease on life, allowing themselves to get lost in the music and the freedom of dance. Classes run by English National Ballet, are proving to be a much welcome outlet for people with the disease where for a brief time there are no limits or restrictions from the symptoms of the disease.

UK researchers have spent the past three years looking into the physical and emotional impacts of the disease. Proving dance may offer benefit to a person’s intellectual, social, physical and artistic aspects. With an estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease the impact reaches far and wide.

To provide you an insight into the prevalence here at home, it is estimated over 69,000 people are currently living with parkinson’s disease in Australia. This is a steady increase in the last decade with approximately 14,500 more than in 2005, and 5,100 more than in 2011. Consistent with an ageing population.

How many nursing home residents have Parkinson’s?

An estimated 8,500 people with parkinson’s disease are living in a nursing home. The majority of people in aged care are over the age of 65 years with only 200 people under the age of 65 years old. Often the main reason for require an admission to a nursing home is due to a decline in function as the disease progresses to later stage. However, that said not all people with later stage parkinson require an admission to a nursing home.
The significant risk factors that influence the need for an admission to a nursing home (other than age) were dementia, hallucinations or confusion, restrictions with daily activities falls and balance problems, disease stage.

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