A range of non-motor symptom (NMS) including dribbling of saliva, constipation, depression, sleep disorders, apathy, hallucinations and dementia complicate the lives of People with Parkinson’s (PwP). However, even though the last 30 years have seen enormous advances in the management of the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) yet the NMS complex of PD have remained relatively unexplored. NMS of PD contribute significantly to morbidity and may lead to admission to a nursing home, more than quadrupling the cost of care of PD.
The international Parkinson’s Disease Non-Motor Group (PDNMG) is a non-profit multidisciplinary educational group set up by K Ray Chaudhuri and colleagues. As of 2013 PDNMG is an officially recognised study group of the Movement Disorders Society (MDS). The group brings together neurologists, geriatricians, psychologists, sleep experts, nurse specialists, cognitive experts and patient group representatives.