Early onset Parkinson’s Disease

April 29, 2021 New Research, Parkinsons Care

Early onset Parkinson’s Disease

What is early-onset Parkinson’s Disease?

Early-onset Parkinson’s Disease is when you or a loved one who is 21-50 years old receives a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. It can also be referred to as young-onset Parkinson’s disease. While the symptoms of the disease are mostly the same at whatever age it develops. Younger people will experience the disease differently due to their unique life circumstances. Managing the disease can be particularly challenging for a younger person and their family from a medical, psychological, and social standpoint.

Symptoms of young-onset Parkinson’s disease

Young-onset Parkinson’s Disease is diagnosed similarly to late-onset Parkinson’s with symptoms including:

  • Tremors of the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face
  • Rigidity of the limbs and trunk
  • Bradykinesia
  • Postural instability or impaired balance and coordination

People with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease may experience the same non-motor symptoms as others with Parkinson’s Disease, including:

  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Changes in memory and thinking
  • Constipation or urinary problems

How is young-onset Parkinson’s Disease different?

People diagnosed with YOPD have a more frequent family history of Parkinson’s disease and longer survival. People living with young-onset PD may experience:

  • Slower progression of PD symptoms
  • More side effects from dopaminergic medications
  • More frequent dystonia (cramping and abnormal postures) such as the arching of the foot

Chatting to others in a similar situation to you can be helpful. This list of UK-wide online support groups, run by and for younger people, will help you to connect with other younger people with Parkinson’s.

How can Cavendish Homecare help?

We understand that at such a sensitive time, specialist nursing care and trustworthy support can make a huge difference to how you cope with a Parkinson’s diagnosis. Our team of Homecare Managers, Registered Nurses, and Carers have a wealth of experience and are experts at providing practical and emotional support and care.

If you would like to enquire about our specialist Parkinson’s Disease Care, contact us on, 02030085210 or email us at info@cavendishhomecare.com.