YOUNG WITH PARKINSON'S
A common misconception about Parkinson's is that it only affects older people. Although the average age of onset is 65 years Parkinson's can affect adults of any age.
What is Parkinson's?
Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition that affects people from all walks of life. It is quite common, with approximately 200,000 Australians diagnosed with Parkinson's.
Treatments and Professional Support
While there is currently not a cure for Parkinson's, there are a range of treatments that can help to manage the day-to-day symptoms.
Speak with your Specialist for information regarding medications, surgical options and professional support available for people living with Parkinson's.
People with Parkinson's can continue to live long and rewarding lives. There are many ways to live well including exercising and eating well.
Support and information can make a significant and positive difference to the lives of people living with Parkinson's, their family and carers. Parkinson's Tasmania provides a range of support services to assist in managing the condition and improving the quality of life. There are Parkinson's Specialist Nurses in each region of Tasmania.
Being diagnosed with Parkinson's is a personal experience but no one has to face Parkinson's alone. Support and information can make a significant and positive difference to the lives of those livIng with Parkinson's, their families and carers.
If you need to talk to someone call our free confidential information line on 1800 644 189
Fight Parkinsons in Victoria also run some online peer support and education sessions specifically for people diagnosed with Early/Young Onset Parkinsons. You can find more inforrmation here: Young Onset Parkinson’s :: Fight Parkinson’s – Together we can (fightparkinsons.org.au)
Parkinson's Australia has recently launched the Young Onset Parkinson’s Exchange (YOP-X) App and website and both act as an information portal and resource hub supporting people with young onset Parkinson's, and provide a valuable workforce tool for NDIS staff. Developed as a living lab model, the experiences, ideas, knowledge and daily needs of people with young onset Parkinson’s have underpinned all App and website content, with more than one hundred individual stories and experiences shaping tools and resources. YOP-X also provides a fast track for people with young onset Parkinson's to collect and collate information relevant to their NDIS applications.
The video below provides an introduction to the app and how it can help you.
Click here for a summary of the features of the app and further link to find out more (opens in a new tab)