PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) is a degenerative illness that destroys nerve cells in the brain. There are about 10,000 people with PSP in the UK, mostly in their 60s and 70s, although it can sometimes occur as young as 40. People with PSP become increasing disabled, as they are gradually robbed of their balance and mobility, vision, speech and the ability to swallow. Life expectancy is about seven years, but can vary considerably, as PSP is very ‘individual’ in the way it develops.
There is no cure for PSP, or any effective treatment, but there is still a lot we can do to help people with PSP and their carers obtain the best possible care and support, and maintain their quality of life for as long as possible.