Islamabad—Pakistan Society of Neurology (PSN) on Friday organized an awareness seminar to mark World Brain Day. Addressing the participants, President of Pakistan Society of Neurology and Consultant Neurologist Shifa International Hospital (SIH) Prof Dr Arsalan Ahmad said brain health will be among the most important determinants of social and economic well-being of older persons in the future.
He said this year’s theme was Brain Health and the Ageing Population -An Ageing Brain can be a Healthy Brain, with focus to increase global awareness on the management and prevention of all brain and neuromuscular diseases affecting the elderly and on concepts and means of promoting the prevention of brain diseases.
He said that the public is not sufficiently aware of the subject. He said the ageing population has major social, health, and economic consequences.
Dr Mohammad Azhar Saeed, Consultant Neurologist SIH said that Parkinson disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder affecting elderly population.
He said according to estimation, around 400,000 people in Pakistan are suffering from Parkinson disease which globally affect over six million people.
As the disease is progressive and results in chronic disability, so early diagnosis and treatment can help relieve symptoms and slow the progression of disease, thereby reducing disability and improving the quality of life of the individual. The usual age of onset is in the sixth decade of life, affecting both gender. The common clinical features of Parkinson disease included tremor, stiffness and rigidity, slowness of movements and imbalance.