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Parkinson’s Disease


Help with Parkinson’s Disease in later life.

Parkinson’s Disease affects the brain, damaging nerve cells that help control movement. It typically causes a tremor of the hands as well as general stiffness and slowing of movement.

There are various treatment options, generally involving careful adjustment of medications to counter the symptoms, but there is no outright cure. Other movement disorders, which can look like Parkinson’s disease but may progress differently, have different causes and treatment.

Find out more about Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease causes stiffness, slowness and tremor. It tends to start on one side of the body, and then progresses to affect the other side too. The tremor can affect how you use your hands, but it is typically the slowness and stiffness that cause more problems. It can also affect memory, vision and mood.

How will it affect me?

Parkinson’s can cause a number of problems including

  • Affecting social activities and hobbies such as gardening and golf
  • Affecting ability to work
  • Difficulty in writing
  • Difficulties with daily activities such as dressing

What causes it?

The exact cause isn’t fully understood, but it relates to damage of specific areas of the brain that control movement. The nerves in these areas use a chemical called dopamine to signal information about movement, and when they are damaged, there is a reduction in dopamine transmission in the brain. Other conditions that look like Parkinson’s disease are caused in different ways – including medication side effects or small strokes.

How common is it?

There are over a hundred thousand people in the UK with Parkinson’s disease, although some cases are never diagnosed. It gets more common as people age, with few cases among under 65s.

How is it diagnosed?

Experts in movement disorders clinically diagnose the disease. Brain scans can be helpful to rule out other problems or clarify the diagnosis in unclear cases, but may not give a definitive answer.

How is it treated?

Parkinson’s disease is usually treated with medicines to increase dopamine levels – either by increasing the brain’s own levels or supplementing them. This requires careful adjustment, and treatment plans may change as the disease progresses and depending on which symptoms are more troubling for you.

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Dr Giovanna Zamboni

Consultant Neurologist

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Because we are the specialists in health for older adults, we can offer all the expertise you need from one source.

We usually visit you at home, or alternatively can see you at our Consulting Rooms. We aim to arrange all appointments within a matter of days.

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Home visit supplements starting from £100.

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    Dr Colin Mitchell

    Dr Colin Mitchell Graduated in Medicine in 2002 from Edinburgh University. He has served as a Senior House Officer and Specialist Registrar at various hospitals throughout the UK and also the Maroondah Hospital in Melbourne. He is now a consultant Geriatrician and Physician at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. His extra-clinical work includes positions as speaker at the Elder Care /Ageing Seminars for the Working Parent Company and as an Honorary Lecturer for Imperial College. Colin has a special interest in using Information Technology and Social Media to improve training and service design and has authored numerous articles and presentations on the subject, such as “Using smartphones and the medical web to become a more up-to-date, productive and informed physician” (CME – Geriatric Medicine, Jun 2011).

    Expertise

    Colin is specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of older adults (aged over 50) with a wide range of conditions including:

    Arthritis – Osteoarthritis / Joint pain
    Alzheimer’s disease
    Vascular dementia
    Hypertension
    Frailty
    Immobility & Falls
    Mild Cognitive Impairment
    Parkinson’s disease
    Capacity Assessment
    Dizziness / blackouts
    Weight changes

    Assessment and Treatment

    Colin provides thorough diagnostic assessments, treatment and ongoing reviews. He aims to see you within a matter of days from referral and can see you at your home or at our consulting rooms.

    Appointment prices

    Initial assessment of 90 minutes incl. report, priced at £450.

    Optional follow-ups at £300 for 60 minutes, and £200 for 30 minutes.

    Home visit supplements starting from £100.

    Dr Giovanna Zamboni

    Dr Giovanna Zamboni is a Senior Clinical Fellow and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurology, University of Oxford.  She graduated in Medicine and Surgery and specialized in Neurology at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, where she developed a special interest in dementia and cognitive disorders and worked in memory clinics while also continuing her clinical training in general neurology. She then worked as postdoctoral fellow for almost three years at the National Institutes of Health in the United States. In 2008 she joined the Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Ageing (OPTIMA) to lead the continued development of the neuroimaging research while working as Locum Consultant in the Oxford Memory Clinic (OXMAC) of the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.  In 2012 she obtained a doctoral degree (DPhil) defending a thesis entitled “Structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging in the prediction and characterization of Alzheimer’s disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment”. She is currently responsible for the continued development of functional imaging research of the Stroke and Dementia Prevention Research Unit in Oxford. She is author of several papers and publications in the fields of imaging and dementia. Her clinical expertise is in the early detection of cognitive impairment and in the differential diagnosis of atypical dementia.

    Expertise

    Giovanna is specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of older adults (aged over 50) with a wide range of conditions including:

    Alzheimer’s disease
    Vascular dementia
    Lewy Body dementia
    Fronto-temporal dementia
    Posterior cortical atrophy and other atypical dementias
    Mild Cognitive Impairment
    Parkinson’s disease
    Atypical Parkinsonian syndromes – Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Corticobasal Degeneration Syndrome, Multisystem Atrophy
    Epilepsy & seizures
    Sleep Disorders
    Neuropathy
    Headache

    Assessment and Treatment

    Giovanna provides thorough diagnostic assessments, treatment and ongoing reviews. She aims to see you within a matter of days from referral and can see you at your home or at our consulting rooms.

    Appointment prices

    Initial assessment of 60 minutes incl. report, priced at £300.

    Initial assessment of 90 minutes incl. report, priced at £450.

    Optional follow-ups at £300 for 60 minutes, and £200 for 30 minutes.

    Home visit supplements starting from £100.