Parkinson’s Disease Facts

Parkinson’s Disease Facts:  The Numbers

  • 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease.
  • 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year
  • 4% of people with PD are diagnosed before the age of 50.
  • Men are 1 ½ times more likely to have Parkinson’s than women
  • $2,500 a year is the average annual medication costs for an individual person with PD
  • Therapeutic surgery can cost up to $100,000 dollars per patient

 

Parkinson’s Disease Facts:  Well known people with Parkinson’s Disease

  • Michael J. Fox (b. 1961), Canadian actor
  • Billy Graham (b. 1918), American evangelist
  • Janet Reno (b. 1938), Former Attorney General of the United States
  • Muhammad Ali (b. 1942), boxer (pugilistic Parkinson’s syndrome)
  • Eugene McCarthy (1916-2005) American politician
  • Francisco Franco Spanish dictator (1892-1975)
  • George Wallace, former governor of Alabama (1919-1998)
  • John Lindsay, New York City mayor (1921-2000)
  • Mao Zedong, Chinese Dictator (1893-1976)
  • Pope John Paul II (1920-2005), Polish cleric
  • Salvador Dalí, Spanish artist (1904-1989)
  • Sir Michael Redgrave (1908-1985), British actor