A Hidden Crisis: Parkinson’s Disease Pandemic in Ontario
Parkinson’s Disease is a complex degenerative neurological disorder often recognized by a tremor. While a tremor is most often associated with Parkinson’s disease, it is just one of a myriad of symptoms that can affect every organ and system in the body. It is a complex disease and every person with Parkinson’s experiences symptoms differently. Research estimates that over 40,000 Ontarians are living with Parkinson’s today. It is chronic, progressive and there is no cure.
- Current Average cost to the healthcare system is $25,000 per person.
- Research shows that from now until 2031 the number of people living with PD will double as will the cost.
- These costs do not include private treatment or the significant economic and social costs borne by family and friend caregivers.
We must prepare now to lessen the financial and health care burden that is expected. Early diagnosis and treatment means lower overall costs and a healthier Ontario.
Awareness and Treatment
- Parkinson’s requires the expertise of many specialized healthcare professionals, which we have a shortage of in Ontario.
- The wait list to see one can take years and few general practitioners know how to recognize the disease.
We need more specialists to help treat those living with the disease and provide education to doctors, nurses, and therapists across the province so they can properly assess someone early on.
For further information, contact:
Shelley Rivard, CEO
Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario
117-4500 Blakie Rd, London, ON N6L 1G5
*Data compiled from two research reports: Mapping Connections, An Understanding of Neurological Conditions in Canada; Brain Disorders in Ontario, Prevalence, Incidents and Costs From Health Administrative Data