What You Should Know About Early Onset Parkinson's Disease

If you are young and have Parkinson's disease, you and your family are likely to have numerous questions. We are here to help. You are not alone. 


The American Parkinson Disease Association National Young Onset Center is here to provide you with the education and support you need to make important decisions about your health and your life and your care.

Our mission is to ease the burden and find the cure for Parkinson's disease. We encourage you to contact us directly any time and welcome the opportunity to provide you with assistance. We also invite you to visit this website frequently, as we regularly post new articles and fresh Parkinson's information.

Symptoms

Tremor, rigidity and stiffness are some of the well-known symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, but there are many other symptoms frequently associated with the disease including depression and sleep disorders, as well as changes in memory and behavior.

Treatment

Learn about the different (and newest) treatment options including Parkinson’s medications, surgery like deep brain stimulation, physical medicine, complementary and alternative medicine.

Living With Parkinsons

Putting together a team to guide and support you, exercising, eating right and managing stress are some of the keys to living well with young onset Parkinson's disease.

Research

Find out what scientists are discovering about new and better treatment options, genetics and genetic testing, and get involved yourself by participating in clinical trials, increasing awareness of Parkinson's Disease /Young Onset Parkinson's Disease, and raising funds for a cure.

Advocacy

Get involved! Find out how you can serve as an advocate for Parkinson's Disease by using your voice, volunteering your time or supporting and encouraging those in the Parkinson's Disease community.

Articles 

Browse our Article Library and find information on Exercise/Nutrition, Living with Parkinson's Disease, Parenting, Relationships/Caregiving, SSDI/Employment, Symptoms, and Treatment.

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Your Stories

David Blatt Near The Summit Of Mt Bachelor, Oregon On January 18, 2014

David B

I was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's disease in 1997, when I ...

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