Walk For Parkinson’s: An Awareness Initiative By Artemis Hospitals

 Various activities and interactive sessions were organized to create awareness on Parkinson’s disease

Artemis Hospitals Organizes Walkathon in Celebration of World Parkinson Day 2022

Artemis Hospitals in Gurugram hosted a Walkathon on Sunday in anticipation of World Parkinson Day 2022. The event served to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease and share the experiences of those living with it. The Walkathon featured Major DP Singh, an esteemed Indian Army War veteran, marathoner, skydiver, National Awardee for Empowerment of persons with disabilities, and Brand Ambassador: India Army 2018, as the Guest of Honor. Following the walk, participants engaged in a range of activities and interactive sessions, including a Zumba session by Future You, laughter yoga therapies by ACME INSTITUTE, and interactive discussions with experts in the field, including Dr. Sumit Singh (Chief-Neurology, Parkinson’s Specialist & co-Chief-Stroke Unit), Dr. Aditya Gupta (Chief-Neurosurgery & CNS Radiosurgery & Co-Chief-Cyberknife Centre), Dr. Manish Mahajan (Senior Consultant Neurology & Head of Neuroimmunology), and Dr. Ashutosh Rath (Associate Consultant, Neurology). This event aimed to foster understanding and support for Parkinson’s disease within the community.

Artemis Hospitals’ Walkathon and Interactive Sessions: Raising Awareness about Parkinson’s Disease and its Management

The team of expert doctors apprised people about the disease, its symptoms, medical treatment, and the available option of surgery for Parkinson’s disease. The interactive sessions were quite insightful and increased awareness amongst people. The winners were felicitated with medals and certificates after the walkathon. The event also witnessed the presence of CEO GMDA Mr. Subhash Yadav, who was seen actively involved with the patients during the walkathon and also took an initiative of Tree Plantation after the walkathon, also GMDA has contributed 200 saplings for the Plantation initiative.

Major DP Singh’s Inspirational Message: Overcoming Parkinson’s Disease with a Soldier’s Spirit

Speaking on the occasion Guest of Honor Major DP Singh Said “A soldier remains a fighter for life, and always puts the nation and his team first. These values stick even when the uniform is off. Challenges are a part of life and should be taken with the soldier’s spirit of Never Say Die and Parkinson is one such phase which we can overcome with a lot patience and best medical treatment. After the entire journey with Indian Army, age has gifted me with the challenge of Parkinson disease but being a soldier I am fighting and will fight with this too to live a normal life.”

Parkinson’s Disease: A Common Neurological Disorder in the Elderly with Varied Symptoms and Occasional Early Onset

Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common neurological disorders amongst the elderly age group. It usually develops and advances with ageing though in some of the rare cases; it has been witnessed among children and teenagers as well. Parkinson’s disease symptoms vary from person to person and early signs go unnoticed.

Dr. Sumit Singh Emphasizes the Importance of Timely Diagnosis and Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

Dr. Sumit Singh, Chief-Neurology, Parkinson’s Specialist & co-Chief, Stroke Unit at Artemis Hospitals, highlighted the significance of timely diagnosis and treatment for Parkinson’s disease. He explained that individuals with Parkinson’s often experience symptoms like limb tremors, muscle stiffness, and difficulties in walking and maintaining balance. The walkathon aimed to boost the self-esteem of those living with Parkinson’s and commend them for their resilience in pursuing a normal life after treatment. Dr. Singh stressed that proper diagnosis and adherence to the prescribed treatment regimen can significantly improve symptoms. Treatment options for Parkinson’s disease encompass medications, surgical interventions, and lifestyle adjustments, tailored to each patient’s specific symptoms.

Genetic Mutations and Parkinson’s Disease: A Rare but Significant Factor

Research has indicated that genetic mutations can contribute to the development of Parkinson’s disease, although this is relatively uncommon, especially in the absence of a strong family history of the condition. Additionally, studies have shown that males are more susceptible to neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s, when compared to females.

In severe cases where medication alone does not yield improvement, surgical intervention may be recommended as a treatment option. Parkinson’s disease management strategies can vary based on the individual’s specific condition and response to therapies, with surgery being a consideration in certain instances.

Sharing views on the advanced technology of surgery available, Dr. Aditya Gupta, Chief-Neurosurgery & CNS Radiosurgery & Co-Chief, Cyberknife Centre, Artemis Hospitals

“It’s very fortunate to have a successful treatment model for Parkinson disease which is DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) surgery, as it plays a significant role in the treatment of severe cases. This can also be considered for people with early-onset Parkinson’s disease. In this surgery, a small device is placed inside the patient’s chest which sends electrical pulses to the brain. Further to this, it helps to stimulate the patient’s motor functions. After the surgery, there would be a moderate requirement of the medication.

With this Walkathon Artemis Hospitals marks the beginning of the weeklong Parkinson awareness initiatives by the team of experts from Artemis Hospitals & AGRIM Institute of Neurosciences.

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