Most people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed around the age of 63. However, roughly 10 percent are diagnosed before the age of 40 and 20 percent before the age of 50.
The term “young-onset” is used to describe those who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s earlier. Some groups say you must be diagnosed before the age of 40 or 50 to be considered “young-onset.” We believe it has more to do with your place in life than with your age, so we encourage all people with Parkinson’s to visit www.YoungParkinsons.org if they are employed, have school-aged children, or are not eligible for Medicare.
We have many resources available to assist those who are diagnosed at a young age. The Good Start Workshop can provide general information. The Financial & Legal Wellbeing Workshop Series reviews employment, insurance, financial and legal planning issues that may be unique to those living with chronic illness. Our Library has books written for children to better explain Parkinson’s.
If you would like to attend our next Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group meeting, please call Karen Jensen at 858-273-6763 or e-mail Karen.Jensen@ParkinsonsAssociation.org.