Young Onset Parkinson's
Parkinson's isn't just an "older person's disease." It's typically diagnosed around age 60 or later, but symptoms can start at 50 years old or earlier. If that occurs, it's referred to as young-onset Parkinson's disease (YOPD). Estimates vary, but about 10 percent of people with Parkinson's may fall into this category. While the range of potential symptoms and treatment options are the same no matter when Parkinson's is diagnosed, younger people may experience symptoms and overall course of disease somewhat differently. They also may have different approaches to treating symptoms and may encounter unique situations surrounding work and family. People diagnosed at a younger age might hide their symptoms more often or face stigma when their symptoms are misinterpreted.
Click on these links for more information:
- YOPD E-Book - PMD Alliance
- You searched for YOPD - Davis Phinney Foundation
- Parenting with Parkinson’s Disease - APDA (apdaparkinson.org)
Online support group for YOPD - 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each Month 6:00 pm Central
YOPD Connections - PMD Alliance