PDS celebrates £7 million benefits success

PDS celebrates £7 million benefits success

Over 12,500 people with Parkinson's disease have claimed over £7million in benefits in 2009 and have been linked to other services they may have missed out on, all because of the Parkinson Disease Society's (PDS') new team of information and support workers.

Chief executive of the organisation Steve Ford said that it is a real achievement that the charity is helping more people affected by Parkinson's disease than ever before.

Explaining how support workers and information are a vital part of the PDS' service, he noted: "They give people affected by Parkinson's up to date information and emotional support to deal with the fluctuating nature of the condition and help people to find their way through the health and social care systems."

Mr Ford added that both information and support workers can link to other services we offer, including the helpline, local branches, the website and other information resources.

Statistically speaking, men are more likely to develop Parkinson's than women, with one in 20 being diagnosed under the age of 40.

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