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What is the prognosis for people with Parkinson's disease?

The prognosis for people with Parkinson’s disease varies from person to person. Some people survive for 20 to 30 years, and many can stay active and independent for years after diagnosis. Many people need some help with daily activities within a few years of diagnosis, and most will need this help after 15 to 20 years.

With advanced disease, a lot of people have memory issues. People with Parkinson’s typically die due to medical complications such as a fracture or pneumonia.

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