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Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder. It results from the progressive loss of dopamine-producing cells in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that carries signals between nerves in the brain and controls the body’s movements.

Decreasing amounts of dopamine to the brain can lead to the four main motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease:

In order to better understand the impacts of neurological conditions on Canadians and on the health care system, the Public Health Agency of Canada engaged communities to collect information through the National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions. The Agency continues to work with all provinces and territories through the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System to produce and release data on parkinsonism, including Parkinson’s disease.

84,000

The number of Canadians aged 40 years and older living with diagnosed parkinsonism, including Parkinson’s disease in 2013−2014. [Parkinsonism in Canada, including Parkinson’s disease, 2018]

1.5X

Adjusting for age, parkinsonism, including Parkinson’s disease is 1.5 times more common in men than in women. [Parkinsonism in Canada, including Parkinson’s disease, 2018]


10,000

The number of Canadians aged 40 years and older newly diagnosed with parkinsonism, including Parkinson’s disease, each year. [Parkinsonism in Canada, including Parkinson’s disease, 2018]

23%

Almost a quarter (23%) of individuals with Parkinson’s disease also report living with a mood disorder. [Mapping Connections, 2014]


43%

Approximately 43% of Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease are permanently unable to work. [Mapping Connections, 2014]

1/2

About half of all Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease report mobility limitations. [Mapping Connections, 2014]


There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but treatments are available to help mitigate its symptoms and health impacts.


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