Understanding Parkinson’s Disease Statistics

At Ageless Grace, we believe it is crucial to have accurate information about Parkinson’s disease (PD) to better address the needs of those affected by this condition and their loved ones. Here are some key statistics that shed light on the prevalence and impact of Parkinson’s:

Prevalence and Diagnosis

  • There are nearly one million people living with Parkinson’s disease in the United States alone. This number is projected to rise to 1.2 million by the year 2030.
  • Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, following Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Almost 90,000 individuals in the United States receive a Parkinson’s diagnosis annually.
  • Globally, more than 10 million people are currently living with Parkinson’s.

Age and Gender Factors

  • While Parkinson’s is commonly associated with age, approximately 4% of individuals with PD are diagnosed before age 50.
  • Men have a 1.5 times higher likelihood of developing Parkinson’s compared to women.

Economic Impact

  • The combined direct and indirect costs associated with Parkinson’s amount to nearly $52 billion annually in the United States. This includes expenditures related to treatment, social security payments, and lost income.
  • Medications alone can cost an average of $2,500 per year, and therapeutic surgeries may reach up to $100,000 per person.

Parkinson’s Incidence Study

  • A 2022 study supported by the Parkinson’s Foundation revealed that the annual number of Parkinson’s diagnoses in the United States has significantly increased.
  • Previously estimated at 60,000 cases per year, it is now estimated to be nearly 90,000 cases annually.
  • Key findings from this comprehensive research study include:
    • Increasing Parkinson’s incidence rates with age, particularly among individuals aged 65 and above.
    • Age is the primary risk factor for developing Parkinson’s.
    • Higher incidence rates in men compared to women across all age groups.
    • Regional variations, with higher incidence rates found in certain geographic regions such as the “Rust Belt,” Southern California, Southeastern Texas, Central Pennsylvania, and Florida.

At Ageless Grace, we are dedicated to raising awareness and improving the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s disease. By understanding the prevalence and impact of this condition, we strive to create a more supportive and informed community.

We are proud to announce that we now offer an Ageless Grace Parkinson’s Specialty Training & Certification

Lana Gelb, MS. Parkinson’s Specialist, Exercise physiologist, and International Somatic Movement Therapist, has created this Special Interest Ageless Grace Certification for people with Parkinson’s disease or those who treat and/or care for people with Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s Disease Certification:

September 11, 13, and 15, 2023, on Zoom (12:00-5:00) ET 

Note: You must attend all sessions to be certified. 

CLICK HERE to register or get more training and certification information. 

Together, we can make a difference in the fight against Parkinson’s.