Local event for working age people with Parkinson's goes digital

Join Parkinson's UK Scotland on their first ever online Younger Parkinson's event!

The event brings together people of working age living with the condition to offer advice, tips, and the chance to talk to others. 

The event has been designed by working age people who are living with Parkinson’s and their partners. During the event, they'll lead sessions to share their personal experiences of being diagnosed at a young age. 

Drop-in sessions will cover topics including:

  • Parkinson’s and employment 
  • financial benefits 
  • research
  • medication 
  • navigating the health service.

There'll also be the opportunity to try techniques that help others to manage their symptoms including exercise, singing and mindfulness. 

The event starts on 11 November with flexible drop-in sessions planned over 3 weeks. People with the condition, their partners, family members, and friends are all invited to share tips and learn from others in a similar situation. They'll also find out more about the support that Parkinson’s UK Scotland offers. 

Unique concerns

Dave Allan is one of the volunteers with Parkinson’s hosting the event. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 50. He explains: 

“If you're diagnosed with Parkinson's while you're of working age, your concerns are likely to be about more than health. You might worry about your personal relationships, children, work, keeping a roof over your head and paying the bills, and what the future will hold. It can be a very isolating place to be.

“Our Younger Parkinson's Event is an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation in Scotland and try something new. As people who live with Parkinson’s every day, we know what it’s like to be told you have Parkinson’s and to try and make sense of what that means. Our experiences means we know what people find helpful. We also know that every one of us is different, with unique experiences to share. 

“We want this to be a friendly and welcoming experience for everyone who joins in, wherever you live in Scotland and however long you have lived with Parkinson’s.”

Support in challenging times 

Chloe Macmillan, Area Development Manager for Parkinson’s UK Scotland said:

“Parkinson’s affects people of all ages. We know that there are around 1,800 people under 65 who’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s in Scotland. We want them to know that they are not on their own, and find out more about things that can help. 

“Our face-to-face events are always oversubscribed. Attendees have told us that having information about Parkinson’s and things that can help with day to day life is incredibly valuable. The opportunity to meet other people facing similar challenges, concerns and opportunities can make a massive difference, and we hope this online event will be as helpful in these difficult times.”

For further details and to request a booking form, please contact Chloe on 0300 123 3679 or at [email protected]

Read the event programme

From financial support to laughter yoga, research progress to support for carers. There's lots on offer at the Younger Parkinson’s Event 2020.