While men are 1.5 to 3 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s Disease than women, Parkinson’s Disease does not affect men and women the same way. Due to the neuroprotective effects of estrogen, women tend to be diagnosed later and have a slower disease progression.
Despite these biological differences, social, environmental, and personal factors all play a role in the course of illness for women. Due to increased domestic responsibilities, and the burden of care for other elders and family members, women often receive lesser access to quality healthcare.
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 (WPP) 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.
An estimated 4 million women are affected by Parkinson’s Disease around the world. We need your help to increase our outreach. WPP’s women’s programs have touched the lives of thousands of women, of diverse ages and backgrounds, and with your help we can reach even more women with Parkinson’s.