If you are younger than 55 when you are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, you will face different challenges than someone diagnosed at an older age. When you are busy raising your family and building your career, dealing with a chronic (long-term) illness like PD that gets worse over time can be an unwelcome burden.
If you have young onset PD (YOPD), you need:
- Education about PD
- Community resources
- An expert medical team
Every other year, the OHSU Parkinson Center holds a meeting (Insights & Inspirations) about challenges facing people with young onset Parkinson's disease.
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More information on young onset Parkinson's disease:
2016 Insights & Inspirations: Young People with Parkinson’s Disease Conference presentations and videos
Break out sessions
Dr. Kristy Hanna presents information and the all important, but difficult challenge, of staying engaged and connected with your family, friends, and community when you have Parkinson's disease.
Dr. Tyler Clark is not only a promising Parkinson’s disease specialist, but he is also the child of a parent with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in the impact of PD on children and will share more about this unique journey for families.
Optimizing Diet for PD Wellness
Have you ever wondered how to put together a brain-healthy, Parkinson disease appropriate diet to maximize your health? Christa Knox, a trained nutritionist, offers tips, ideas, and resources for how to shop, plan, and prepare easy snacks and meals to achieve that goal.
Naturopath’s Guide to Nutrition in PD
Dr. Lynne Shinto is a naturopath at the OHSU Wellness Center who specializes in neurological disorders. Having researched and treated many people with Parkinson’s disease, she shares an alternative approach to treating the disease through supplements and nutrition and the science behind it.