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19.01.2015 13:42

Remembering Parkinson's Disease

The Granada Parkinson's Disease Association has unveiled a plaque as a lasting reminder of the constant struggle faced by Parkinson's disease patients and their families. The plaque, which is on the Armilla R&D Building of the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS), also commemorates the planting of 12 trees, 1 for each month, symbolising that struggle. The trees were planted in the gardens there on 18 November 2014.

The Parkinson's Disease Association plaque on the Armilla R&D Building.

The unveiling of the plaque was attended by the Provincial Minister of Equality, Health and Social Policy, Higinio Almagro, the president and vice-president of the Granada Parkinson's Disease Association, Luis Morales and María Angustias Díaz, respectively, and the managing director of the PTS, Jesús Quero. All of these attendees were also involved in the planting of the 12 trees last year. The patron of that event was flamenco cantaora Marina Heredia.

The Granada Parkinson's Disease Association was founded in 1995. Since its early days, it has responded to demand and grown continuously in order to improve the quality of the services it provides. In turn, the quality of life of the people affected by Parkinson's, and their families and carers, has also improved.

The age at onset of Parkinson's is usually between 60 and 70 years, and it is the second most important neurodegenerative disease in terms of the number of patients affected. According to the latest statistics from the Granada Parkinson's Disease Association, there are currently estimated to be 100,000 people with Parkinson's in Spain and approximately 2,000 in Granada, with a disease prevalence of 1 in every 100 people.