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Understanding Parkinson's

There is a lot to know about Parkinson's. Learn about symptoms, types of Parkinson's and how it is diagnosed.

  • What is Parkinson's?

    Parkinson’s is a condition that affects the brain. The number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's in New Zealand is about 10,000. That's around 1 adult in every 500.
  • Symptoms

    Parkinson's symptoms can appear as both motor symptoms and non-motor symptoms. The three main symptoms of Parkinson's are tremor, stiffness and slowness of movement.

  • Parkinsonism conditions

    Parkinson's is part of an umbrella of conditions known as ‘parkinsonism’. The main symptoms of Parkinson's are also the main symptoms of a number of conditions which are grouped together under the term 'parkinsonism'.

  • Early onset Parkinson’s

    People diagnosed with Parkinson’s under the age of 60 are considered to have early-onset Parkinson’s.

  • Living with Parkinson's: The Stories

    Welcome to our real-life Parkinson's survivor stories page, showcasing the bravery of New Zealanders.