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Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD) is defined as a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease between the ages of 21 and 40, although some studies include subjects up to age 50. YOPD accounts for 35% of all cases of Parkinson's. In YOPD there is an increased risk of having an inherited form of Parkinson's, but this is still only a small proportion of YOPD.

The needs of those with YOPD differ from those with later-onset Parkinson's. Being diagnosed with a chronic, progressive neurological condition in the prime of life is likely to be a very emotional experience. You may have children, you are likely still working and on top of these life stresses, you now have a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

Review our resources to gain a better understanding of Parkinson’s and the unique issues faced by individuals with YOPD. As you read through the material, remember:

  • People with YOPD usually experience a much slower progression of their disease.
  • People with YOPD are often able to live a full life after their diagnosis, including a full-time occupation and other activities such as sports and even, in some cases, giving birth to healthy babies.
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is an option you may want to explore.

Resources:

  • Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD) Webinar Series [YouTube Videos]

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