Basal Ganglia Support Group, a unit of Brains Hospital on Thursday organized the World Parkinson’s Day to educate and empower patients of Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.
At the event, over 50 Parkinson patients and their caregivers were counselled by eminent experts—neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiotherapists, dance therapist, music therapist and yoga therapist—on the best ways of understanding and coping with the disease.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. NK Venkataramana, Founder Chairman & Chief Neurosurgeon, Brains Hospital said: “The prevalence of Parkinson’s disease is
increasing in India every year. Even though it is mostly seen among the elderlies, above 50 years old, stress and modern lifestyle has contributed largely in the rise of this neuro-degenerative disorder in young adults today. In addition, a group of autoimmune disorders and Genetic disorders are contributing to the young onset Parkinson’s disease. Also, taking care of these patients is becoming difficult owing to lack of knowledge about the therapeutic treatment. Hence, support groups like Basal Ganglia helps the patients and their families to understand the illness in general and get better prepared to face the problems “.
Basal Ganglia Support Group started for Parkinson’s patients and their care givers in 2007 by Mrs. BR Radhamani and Dr. NK Venkataramana. Today, the group has over 140 members & their families who meet once in three months to discuss about the therapies as well as a variety of day to day problems thereby, improving the quality of life.
Dr N K Venkataramana also spoke about the surgical treatment for the Parkinson’s disease, the options and opportunities. At the end there was an interaction with the patients, families and the specialists which was the highlights of the program.