Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year. The average age at the time of diagnosis is 60. Of the 60,000 diagnosed, 5-10% are identified as having young onset Parkinson’s disease because they were diagnosed under the age of 50.
Thirty-three Parkinson’s Women Support members were recently polled on their age of diagnosis. The results indicate that they’re on the young side of the national average.
The Parkinson’s Women Support average age of diagnosis is 56.24.
Of the 33 women polled:
- 6 were under the age of 50 (young onset)
- 14 were in their 50s
- 13 were in their 60s
Why is the Parkinson’s Women Support’s average age a little less than the national norm?
Women in Parkinson’s Women Support have great medical resources and wellness opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The convenient location of movement disorder specialists may lead to an earlier diagnosis compared to people with Parkinson’s disease in rural areas of the country where expert diagnosis is more difficult to obtain.
Parkinson’s Women Support is also a group with spirit and courage. They don’t allow average to slow them down!
About Parkinson’s Women Support: The mission of Parkinson’s Women Support is to offer moral support, encouragement and camaraderie for women who are Parkinson’s disease patients. Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonswomen
Thank you to Susan Foster for her editing assistance on this blog post.