Parkinson(ism) patient association

On April 11th, it's World Parkinson's Day again. On that day, we reflect on the consequences of the disease for people with Parkinson's and their loved ones. We've previously written about the causes of Parkinson's disease, the impact of healthy lifestyles, and how activities like cycling play a key role.

Parkinson's disease is growing rapidly

Meanwhile, there are over 63,500 people in the Netherlands who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and it is predicted that the number of people with the disease is expected to increase by 56% between 2018 and 2040. Parkinson's is the fastest-growing neurological disorder worldwide. With these figures in mind, it is important that not only individuals who have come into contact with Parkinson's disease are familiar with these information channels but also that there is greater societal awareness, understanding, and support for the disease.

Lifestyle Interventions

One of the research projects that recently received a major grant in the Netherlands is the project 'An Integrated Lifestyle Approach for People with Parkinson's Disease (SENSS)'. The project will run from 2024 to 2027.
The aim of this collaborative project is to combine different lifestyle domains into one approach, offering this strategy as a package to people with Parkinson's disease. Lifestyle interventions can contribute to recovery and reducing symptoms during illness. The research focuses on stress, exercise, nutrition, sleep, and self-management. Ultimately, the effects of this lifestyle program on quality of life, self-management, and Parkinson's symptoms will be evaluated after 12 months. The socioeconomic impact of the program will also be examined by looking at differences in healthcare utilization and costs. The ultimate goal is to nationally implement this lifestyle approach in the care for people with Parkinson's disease, as well as for other chronic conditions.

Healthcare innovations can also play a role during lifestyle interventions. This includes Bike Labyrinth. Through virtual cycling routes, it's possible to engage in physical activity in a fun and innovative way. This helps in achieving daily exercise and contributes to a healthy lifestyle, which is crucial for everyone, especially for people with Parkinson's disease. Changing your lifestyle may sound daunting and isn't always easy. That's why it's important to incorporate enjoyable changes as well. And let's face it, doesn't it sound better to take a city trip or a mini-vacation instead of having to cycle for 30 minutes? So, while cycling through the French Alps or any of our other 700 locations, you're improving your health.