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People of working age living with Parkinson's

Although Parkinson's most commonly affects those over 50, for some people it can begin much earlier.

Thanks to the enthusiasm of some of our younger members, we now have a group for people of working age affected by Parkinson's. Rather than make it age specific the members prefer to refer to themselves as the…

Working Age Group (WAG)

Our group is made up of PwP and their partners (and children, and pets!) Its purpose is to share concerns and offer support to each other within a social context.

We've met in restaurants for brunch and chat, gathered at members' homes for tea and (many) cakes, had talks from Parkinson's researchers, and gone for walks - and we're always interested in your ideas for new opportunities to get together.

Find out more

For more information, contact Ashley and Laura: wag@oxfordparkinsons.org.uk

Support from Parkinson's UK
Our national body Parkinson's UK has an area of their website dedicated to support for younger PwP.
Other resources for younger people with Parkinson's
Two websites, both founded by younger PwPs in our region, may be of interest:
  • Parkinsons.me is a locally-run charity and website with fantastic resources for supporting families that include a working-age PwP.
  • Spotlight YOPD is a dynamic, campaigning charity run by and for younger PwPs.
NEW Fighting Fit
A new organization called Fighting Fit has launched a weekend residential programme specially designed for younger and working-age people with Parkinson's. It is being piloted in our area and you can find out more about it on their website.