Progression of Parkinson’s disease is very variable and unpredictable. There are, however, some factors that predict slower overall progression of disease, including younger age of onset of disease (under 40 years old) and a tremor-dominant pattern of disease. Unfortunately, although disease progresses more slowly in patients with young-onset disease, these patients also have increased difficulty with depression, coping and development of complications from medication therapy (i.e., dyskinesias).
- Q Can doctors measure the severity of Parkinson's disease?
- Q What is the prognosis for people with Parkinson's disease?
- Q How can I help someone with Parkinson's disease to walk?
- Q How can I communicate with someone who has Parkinson's disease?
- Q What should I do if a person with Parkinson's disease begins hallucinating?
- Q How common is Parkinson's disease?