On 2021 They registered 181 new cases of Parkinson’s in Navarraso that the people diagnosed with this degenerative neurological disorder amount to 1,989 –11 more than the previous year–, of which 990 are men and 990 women. This has been indicated by the social worker of the Navarra Association of Parkinson’s (Anapar), Arantza Gorraiz Andia, who has highlighted that this disease “it has many symptoms, it affects differently and not everything is older people and tremor, but there are many different realities“.
The social worker has stressed that “there are people who continue to function, who have an active life, that not everything is old age and tremor” and, therefore, has urged patients to “keep going”. “You have to focus on the day to day, you have to keep working, you have to try to have as active a life as possible“, said Gorraiz, who considered it necessary “carry out a more in-depth study of who are the people who have this pathology, what their needs are, the difficulties they face, the incidence at the labor level…, because depending a little on each individual they will have some problems or others. Being working is not the same as being retired. Living in the city is not the same as living in a rural area. It’s not the same to be a woman…” And the thing is, she continued, “if we have the photo of the profile, the services, treatments and resources will be better adapted“.
Parkinson’s, as explained by the association, is a neurodegenerative disease that today cannot be cured. It is characterized by producing the degeneration and death of dopaminergic neurons and this loss of dopamine is what causes the classic motor symptoms to appear, although it can also manifest itself in cognitive, gastrointestinal, autonomic, sensory or sleep disorders.
On the occasion of World Parkinson’s Day -which is celebrated on Monday-, Anapar has organized a conference that will begin this Thursday, at 11:00 am, with the reading of the manifesto at the association’s headquarters by the president, Mila Ortín. Later, the neurologist Pedro Clavero, from the University Hospital of Navarra, will talk about the lesser-known symptoms of this disease.
On Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., information tables will be set up at different points in Pamplona and on Monday, at 12:00 p.m., Civivox Condestable will host the presentation Symptoms that can alert Parkinson’s and latest advances in research, by the CUN neurologist Rosario Luquin. On Tuesday the activity moves to Tudela. The Lestonnac civic center will host a talk by the physiotherapist Nuria Aguado and the speech therapist Marta Sanz on the importance of rehabilitation activities at 5:00 p.m.
Finally, the social worker of Anapar – an entity that has 235 members, of which 175 are affected people – has called “not to live with Parkinson’s alone” and has invited those who wish to approach the association : “Let them know that we are going to attend to them, we are going to inform them and we are going to help them, as far as possible”.
-More space and delays in tracking. Anapar has claimed a larger premises to carry out its work. He has also pointed out that patients complain of delays in follow-up with the pandemic: “Everything stopped with the issue of the pandemic and sometimes the appointments are lengthened and for them it is a bit exasperating,” said Gorraiz.
-An active life. Arantza Gorraiz has affirmed that “one way of working with the disease is to try to have as active a life as possible, to the extent that one can”. Anapar offers physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychological support, yoga, dance, choir and workshops (memory, manipulative and Nordic walking).
90% older than 65
90.04% of people affected by Parkinson’s in Navarra are over 65 years old. However, as they have said, “there are many different profiles” and “there are also young people who come and are working”.