Young onset Parkinson's

Anyone can get Parkinson’s, young or old. Being diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's can be alienating and confusing. But you're not alone.

Most people with the condition are aged 50 or over, but younger people can get it too. Young onset Parkinson’s, early onset Parkinson’s, young onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD) all mean the same thing. You have Parkinson's, but have been diagnosed at an early age.

Getting a diagnosis of young onset Parkinson’s affects everyone differently. Some people go through a range of emotions, from feeling overwhelmed to feeling relieved.

Talk to other younger people with Parkinson's

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, can help you to connect with other younger people with Parkinson's.

These groups are independent of Parkinson's UK. We're confident they can be a good source of further support but the charity isn't responsible for their content, services or the accuracy of information provided.

Young onset Parkinson's podcast

This podcast series explores the experiences of people with young onset Parkinson's, and the issues that affect them. They also offer advice for anyone who has recently been diagnosed with the condition.

Helpline and Parkinson's advisers

Our helpline and Parkinson's advisers are here to answer any questions you have about being younger with Parkinson's.

Call us on 0808 800 0303.