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). As is the case with all Parkinson’s, the symptoms and rate of progression varies greatly from person to person. 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.
In this short video, Rachel Dolhun, MD, movement disorder specialist, board certified neurologist and vice president of medical communications at MJFF, discusses young-onset Parkinson’s disease
Evidence suggests that there are some symptoms that are more common in people living with Young Onset Parkinson’s, such as:
- A slower disease progression
- An increased rate of dyskinesia
- An increased rate of dystonia
Although everyone with Parkinson’s probably wonders what the years ahead hold, this may be top of mind in those who have a longer future with Parkinson’s. Concerns often relate to the potential implications of the disease on personal, family and work commitments and responsibilities.