Parkinson's Association SA

Area: Randburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Region: Gauteng
Physical Address: 126 Braam Fischer Road, Randburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Postal Address: PO Box 3990, Randburg, 2125, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)11 787 8792
Fax: +27 (0)11 787 2047
Cell: +27 (0)84 650 6500
Contact Person: Virginia Lehong
GPS Co-Ordinates: -26.105379, 28.00211
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The Parkinson disease and other related movement disorders association of South Africa (PASA) is an organisation dedicated to help patients with information and guidance when diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, Dystonia, Tourette's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Essential Tremor and other movement disorders.
 
We have over 40 support groups around the country and will visit them bringing new information at least once a year. We have a large group of consulting neurologists as well as medical partners giving us up-to-date information. 
 
PASA has a membership base of 2000 however our reach is up to 5000 people. We do provide a paid membership of R150 per year and members enjoy our 4 editions a year newsletter, support groups, talks and consultations, this being the case we never turn a patient away whether they can afford our membership or not.
 
PASA relies on financial support from the Lotto and private sponsors for our expenses.

Parkinson's Disease (often referred to as Parkinsons) affects the part of the brain that is responsible for the control of movement.

Normally the brain acts like the automatic pilot on a plane, organising and controlling our movement without our being aware of it. All aspects of movement are carefully attuned to each other as a matter of course. With Parkinson's, something goes wrong with the automatic pilot, which means that movement is no longer simple and straightforward. As yet, there is no cure for the illness, but much can be done to limit its symptoms. What Symptoms do you experience with Parkinson's disease?

Not everyone will experience exactly the same symptoms at the same time. The disease can affect everyone very differently and in some cases it may be many years before there is any disability or significant limitation on daily activities.

In the early stages of Parkinson's disease, symptoms often tend to affect one side of the body first and then later on spread to the other side of the body

Some typical symptoms that people with Parkinson's can experience include:

  • Shakiness or trembling in the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face: often referred to as tremor.
  • Stiffness or rigidity where muscles become tight and stiff.
  • Slowness of movement, for example, difficulty initiating movements, like getting up from a chair. Your doctor may refer to this as bradykinesia or akinesia.
  • Problems with balance and co-ordination or postural instability, which are usually late features of the disease.

Other symptoms that are not related to movement can also occur. These include sleep disturbances, depression, difficulties with speech or swallowing and memory loss. These usually occur later in the disease. Importantly, many of these symptoms can be improved by medications.

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