Cortisol PD AD

Stress and anxiety are common problems for people who have Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. Measuring stress and anxiety is hard in people with these conditions because the symptoms of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s can be confused with stress and anxiety, and because sometimes it’s hard for people with these conditions to report on their symptoms. There is a hormone called cortisol that is released when people are stressed or anxious. It can also be affected by sleep problems, medications and the time of day. We want to see if measuring the levels of cortisol in people’s blood is a good measure for stress and anxiety in people with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, and if the tests we have measure it accurately.

Currently Roundwell Medical Centre (Norwich), The Castle Partnership (Norwich), Prospect Medical Practice (Norwich), Rosedale Surgery (Lowestoft), Mundesley Medical Centre and Orchard Surgery (Dereham) are taking part in this study. If you are registered as a patient at these practices and would like more information please speak to your GP or nurse practitioner.