- Women’s Chapter -

Women's Chapter

Women are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, however, due to biological, physiological and other differences, it affects them very differently compared to men. For example, the female hormone estrogen plays a neuroprotective role, leading a later diagnosis and slower progression of Parkinson’s disease. As with any disease many factors can play a role in the course of illness. For women with Parkinson’s disease, these factors can be social, environmental and/or personal. Women may have an increased domestic responsibility and burden of care for other family members. This can lead women with Parkinson’s to receive less access to quality healthcare, compared to men.   

It is estimated that approximately 4 million women are affected by Parkinson’s disease globally.

OBJECTIVES OF WOMEN'S CHAPTER

EDUCATION

Increase the education of Parkinson’s disease amongst women through seminars.

SUPPORT

Provide a supportive environment for women with Parkinson's disease and caregivers.

ADVOCACY

Advocate for women with Parkinson's disease to promote timely access to healthcare and self care.

In keeping with our mission to improve the quality of Parkinson’s care to all patients on a global scale, the World Parkinson’s Program offers seminars and events tailored specifically to women. These seminars feature an educational component, where women receive information about their illness through lectures and brochures; a physical component, where women engage in group-based exercise; and a mindfulness component, where a certified mindfulness instructor leads a meditation session.
Our women’s programs have helped many women of diverse ages and backgrounds, impacted by Parkinson’s. We need your help to increase our outreach. Get involved today and help set up a women’s Parkinson’s event/seminar in your community.
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