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SuperWalking for Parkinson's awareness, research

The Sept. 9 event in Kamloops was held in honour of Daryle and Sharon Arden, both of whom were diagnosed with the disease in 2016
Parkinson's Superwalk
The 2022 Parkinson's SuperWalk took participants through Riverside Park on Sept. 9.

The annual Parkinson’s SuperWalk took place on Sept. 9  in Riverside Park, an event held to raise awareness of the disease and raise money for research and for programs for those with Parkinson’s.

This year’s walk was held in honour of Daryle and Sharon Arden, both of whom were diagnosed with the disease in 2016.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder with no known cure. There are approximately 15,000 people in British Columbia living with Parkinson’s, and more than 100,000 across Canada. Common motor symptoms include tremor, slowness of movement, muscle stiffness and impaired balance. Other symptoms often include fatigue, speech and writing difficulties, sleep disorders, cognitive changes  and more.

Parkinson’s causes dopamine-producing cells to die off, resulting in the onset of motor symptoms. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter important for nervous system functioning. Parkinson’s is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. The worldwide incidence of Parkinson’s is expected to double by 2040.

Since there is no cure, treatment is focused on symptom management. Exercise and medication are the two most common ways to treat Parkinson’s.

For more on how you can help, go online to parkinson.bc.ca.