Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative, chronic and disabling disease that affects 160,000 people in Spain, more than 7 million in the world.

Although the disease is associated with elderly people, nearly 10% of people with Parkinson’s disease has a young onset and are diagnosed before age 50.

Tremor is one of the motor and best known symptoms. However, there are many other symptoms often more disabling, like the non-motor symptoms. These symptoms are the invisible signs of Parkinson’s.

This invisible signs include:

  • Sleep disorders.
  • Affective disorders.
  • Depression.
  • Swallowing problems.
  • Visual problems.

In addition, Parkinson’s disease can cause communication problems such as: lower voice tone, facial rigidity or alterations of writing.

These communication problems place the person in a vulnerable situation. Reliable knowledge of Parkinson’s disease helps the inclusion of people with the condition in the social, work and family contexts

Omission of letters is a reflection of the communication problems caused by Parkinson’s disease.
All together, the fear of not being able to express oneself well can be defeated.

THERE’S A LOT TO SAY, AND A LOT TO LISTEN TO.

The Campaing

Invisible signs is an awareness campaign promoted by the Spanish Parkinson’s Federation and its associations with the aim of:

  1. Raise awareness and sensitize society about the impact of Parkinson’s disease.
  2. Make visible how Parkinson’s disease affects every day activities, emphasizing in a simple task: writing.

You can help too making these Invisible Signs visible:
Join the campaign

World Parkinson’s Day

World Parkinson’s Day is annually celebrated on April 11th in reference to the date the British neurologist, Dr. James Parkinson, first described the ‘Shaking palsy’, today known as Parkinson’s disease.

The Spanish parkinson’s federation (FEP)

The Spanish Parkinson’s Federation is an entity with more than 20 years of experience in improving the quality of life of the more than 160.000 families living with Parkinson’s disease in Spain. Currently FEP gathers together 66 associations and its mission is to represent the associative movement to defend the interests of the people affected by Parkinson’s disease.