Young Onset

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.

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:

APDA Young Parkinson's Informational and Referral Center


2016 Insights & Inspirations: Young People with Parkinson’s Disease Conference presentations and videos

General session

Today and Beyond: Treatment and Research in PD

Dr. Matthew Brodsky is an expert in treating and researching Parkinson's disease. He presents information on the latest treatments and research in the field.

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Dance the Night Away

Exercise is touted as a necessary component for everyone living with Parkinson's disease. But it doesn't have to be grueling; Laurie King, P.T., Ph.D. presents the research.

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Tango resources

Break out sessions

Staying Connected

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.

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Family Challenges

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.

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Optimizing Diet/Naturopath’s Guide to Nutrition

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.

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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.

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Planning for the Future Now

Tim Nay is a former social worker and now elder care law attorney who advises many clients with Parkinson’s disease about how to plan for the future and manage the practical financial and legal challenges of living with a chronic illness.

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Tapping into Social Security Disability Timing

Do you feel as if you will not be able to do your job as you have in the past because of Parkinson’s disease? Attorney Melissa Haggerty will introduce you to and answer questions about the mystery of applying for social security disability.

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Creating and Keeping Intimacy in Your Relationship

Parkinson’s disease can challenge intimate relationships in unexpected ways. Sheila Silver, Ph.D., a trained sex therapist, will share insights on how to keep your relationship close.

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