Fifty percent of veterans are 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Since most people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) develop symptoms at 50 years of age or older, that’s roughly 9.1 million veterans who are at a greater risk for Parkinson’s solely because of their age.
For everyone with Parkinson’s, an accurate diagnosis is critical because treatments and resources are available to help people with Parkinson’s live better lives. It’s important to know that many U.S. military Veterans with Parkinson’s have access to specialized medical care and financial assistance through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Veterans and their families can get help with applying for care and benefits from Veterans Service Officers and other resources.