Call to ensure support for people with Parkinson's

The number of New Zealanders with Parkinson's is expected to double in the next 25 years.

The study by the Christchurch-based Research Institute looked at prescription figures, and found there are currently over 9,500 people with Parkinson's in New Zealand.

The author of the study, Dr Toni Pitcher, said using that figure and population predictions, they were able to forecast that by the year 2035 there would be 17,500 people with Parkinson's.

This information is important so the healthcare sector can ensure there are enough strategies in place for the rising numbers of people with Parkinson's.

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