While getting a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease can be upsetting, there is hope. It can be an extremely diverse disorder, which means that each patient will experience Parkinson’s differently, despite a number of common symptoms. The main similarity within the brains of those with Parkinson’s is the loss of essential dopaminergic neurons – which has led to numerous treatments that are effective in reducing and controlling many symptoms of the disease. If you are concerned about the risk of developing Parkinson’s, or you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with the condition, you’ll find these essential statistics about this neurodegenerative disease helpful.
- Approximately one million people in the US are currently living with Parkinson’s disease. This is more than the total of those diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
- Worldwide, it is estimated that seven to ten million people are living with Parkinson’s disease.
- Almost 60,000 people in the US are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year.
- Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder. Alzheimer’s is the most common.
- While the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease increases after age 60, as many as four percent of those diagnosed with Parkinson’s are younger than 50.
- Men are far more likely – one and a half times – than women to develop Parkinson’s disease.
- Prescription medicines for Parkinson’s disease alone cost an average of $2,500 a year.
- Surgery for Parkinson’s disease can cost as much as $100,000.
- Levodopa, first developed in the 1960’s, has been the primary drug therapy for Parkinson’s disease for almost 50 years, although many additional medications have since been created that may complement treatment with levodopa.
- Approximately 15 to 25 percent of patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease have a family member who was also diagnosed with the disorder, indicating a genetic predisposition in a minority of cases.
- Individuals who have a family member with Parkinson’s generally have only a two to five percent risk of getting the disease.
Living with someone who has Parkinson’s may take an emotional toll on the caregiver as well as the patient. If you are currently living with or taking care of someone who has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, take advantage of the many support resources available online, and reach out to your own personal support network for help.
The compassionate staff of Specialty Care Services offers in-home care, caregiver support services, and personal care services including laundry, housekeeping, and general tasks. Whether you need someone to take you or loved one shopping, to run errands, to doctor’s appointments, or simply seek companionship, we can help. We also able to assist patients with personal care and hygiene including bathing, dressing, meals, and much more.