Parkinson's disease: What is it, risk factors and integrated approach to managing it

Patient Andy Yang (third from right) with Alexandra Hospital Integrated Parkinson's Disease Hub staff (from left) Ms Lim Shuen Wen, Mr Lee Chern Yih, Dr Preetha Venugopalan Menon, Dr Tan Chi Hsien and Ms Kiew Gai Fui. PHOTO: ALEXANDRA HOSPITAL
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SINGAPORE - Parkinson's disease affects three in every 1,000 Singaporeans aged 50 and older and is a neurodegenerative disorder which leads to muscle tremors and stiffness, difficulty with walking, balance, coordination and even speech.

Mr Kenneth Lam, deputy director, operations and rehabilitation services at St Luke's Hospital, says: "While Parkinson's disease can't be cured, medications and supportive therapies can help manage symptoms and enhance quality of life for patients."

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