Parkinson’s Facts At a Glance
Updated: Sep 27, 2019
Parkinson’s disease is claiming more and more people every year. Parkinson’s disease rates have more than doubled in recent decades.
Parkinson’s can develop in younger people but it affects mostly older adults, especially those between the ages of 55-65.
Only an estimated 4% of people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed before the age of 50.
50% percent more of men are affected with Parkinson’s than women.
40% of people with Parkinson’s experience some level of depression.
More people suffer from Parkinson’s disease than disorders, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) combined.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s can progress over a period of 20 years or longer.
Those with family members suffering from Parkinson’s have up to 25% chance of developing the disease.
The combination of environment and genetic factors leads to the development of the disease.
More than 1 million people in the U.S. alone have now been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
Experts now estimate that in the world’s most populated nations, rates of Parkinson’s disease will climb to almost 40 million by the year 2030.
As on average people live longer and the world’s population of older adults increases, the number of people living with Parkinson’s symptoms is expected to reach an all-time high.
Some researchers predict that by the year 2040 U.S. alone will spend about $14 billion annually to help treat Parkinson’s patients.
It is estimated that preventing and stopping disease progression could save the healthcare system more than $440,000 for just one person living with Parkinson's disease over the course of their lifetime.