Thursday, October 13 at 7:00am to 8:00am
SEC Auditorium or Zoom
There is no cost to attend and all interested individuals are invited to participate. Attend on-site in the Student Education Center Auditorium or online via Zoom.
Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a progressive disorder that causes central nervous system degeneration and unintended neuromuscular symptoms such as tremors, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and coordination. It is considered young-onset PD (YOPD) when the individual is younger than 50 years of age. While the clinical presentation is similar to late-onset PD, YOPD patients experience symptoms and take medications for a longer period of time, contributing to a significantly greater risk of developing dyskinesias and dystonias. They also often face unique financial, family, and employment challenges that are less-often an issue with their late-onset counterparts.
A positive aspect of YOPD is that younger brains are more neuroplastic, which allows the brain to respond to treatment more effectively. Participation in specialized movement programs early in the disease progression can maintain and even improve loss of central nervous system function. Cases of YOPD should be referred to movement specialists as early as possible to ensure the best functional outcome for these individuals. It is important that healthcare providers are competent in the identification of YOPD and can promptly initiate treatment for their younger-adult patients.