Generally speaking, cases where symptoms are diagnosed prior to the age of 50 are often described as “early-onset.” Many people don’t realize that the average age for the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is about age 55. People in their 30s and 40s make up a significant minority of individuals with the diagnosis. This adds special challenges to the diagnosis, facing it while raising a family, working, or thinking ahead to retirement. In this age group, it is especially common to feel emotions such as denial, disbelief, depression, or anxiety upon receiving the diagnosis. The Parkinson’s Community Los Angeles will help provide information and resources to help you with these special challenges.