Frequently asked questions

Remember, living with young onset Parkinson’s is a unique journey, and you have the power to shape it in a way that aligns with your goals and aspirations. Stay informed, stay connected, and embrace the possibilities.

Driving

Talking about driving with Parkinson’s to others can be tough, but it’s important for your safety and confidence to get continuous feedback. An occupational therapy (OT) assessment and technology can help you determine if you’re fit to drive. Remember, Parkinson’s is something you need to report to your state or territory’s driving authority. Your GP or neurologist can assist you with the necessary forms.

It’s also crucial to be self-aware about when it might be time to stop driving. Even though it may feel like losing some independence, there are various transportation supports available for people with disabilities.

Employment & legal

There are practical strategies that can help you stay employed and actively contribute to your community, even with Parkinson’s. To navigate the workplace effectively, consider making adjustments, seeking support, and exploring potential accommodations to adapt to any changes in your abilities.

Remember, if your goal is to remain a valued member of the workforce, and there are often legal protections and strategies in place to support individuals with health conditions.

Overall, staying employed with Parkinson’s may require some adjustments, but with the right strategies, support, and communication, you can continue to thrive in the workplace and contribute meaningfully to your community.

YOPX hacks

Living well with Parkinson’s, especially when diagnosed at a younger age, involves adopting various strategies and “hacks” to navigate daily life. Remember, humour and creativity can be powerful tools in facing challenges. Turn the everyday into an adventure, and you’ll find joy and resilience in unexpected places. Here are some hacks from people living with young onset.