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Real Life Stories- Living with Parkinson's

Parkinson's Foundation

Who Has Parkinson's?

  • Nearly one million will be living with Parkinson's disease (PD) in the U.S. by 2020, which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease (or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

  • Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year.

  • More than 10 million people worldwide are living with PD.

  • Incidence of Parkinson’s disease increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with PD are diagnosed before age 50.

  • Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson


"Medications alone cost an average of $2,500 a year and therapeutic surgery can cost up to $100,000 per person."

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