Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is caused by a degeneration of the cells that produce dopamine in a specific area of the brain. Symptoms develop slowly over the years and the progression is different from each person due to the complexity of the disease. Common motor symptoms are muscle rigidity, gait and balance problems. 70% of people may have a visible tremor. Non-motor symptoms exist as well. There are over 13,300 British Columbians living with PD. It affects people from all walks of life. Research continues to find the cause and cure of PD. Top treatment includes medications and exercise. Being proactive about treatment and incorporating a healthy active lifestyle has proven to make a big impact on slowing the progression and increasing quality of life. This is why IMPACT Parkinson’s was created.