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Young-onset Parkinson’s disease

In this blog, Caroline talks about being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 48 and how compulsive behaviour, a side effect of her medication, made life even harder.

Young-onset Parkinson’s disease is when a patient is diagnosed between the ages of 21-50 years. The rate of the disease’s progression is usually much slower in younger than older people, due in part to the fact that younger people have fewer general health problems and are more capable during physical therapy treatment.1 A lack of awareness that younger people can develop the condition can contribute to a delay in diagnosis, and being provided with appropriate information and support.2 Diagnosis may come at a time when people are leading active lives and concerns centre around facing living with the condition for


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