I was recently asked several times to provide some explanation about the difference between early and non-early onset Parkinson’s disease. This seems a fair question given that I am, at this moment, writing a blog about the former.
My standard answer is that early-onset PD is distinguished by the stage of life at which it occurs. Women and men with early-onset PD are typically still in the portion of their life the great developmental theorist, Eric Erikson, defined as one of generativity. The best way to define this concept is to think in terms of guiding the next generation. Generativity underlies our response to “how do I make my life count?”