The Parkinson’s Foundation works to ensure the health and well-being of women living with Parkinson's disease (PD). The Women and PD Initiative is our major effort to ensure better care for everyone.
Parkinson’s affects approximately one million men and women in the United States and more than 10 million people worldwide. Women have been shown to have a lower risk of developing PD and research suggests that there are differences in the way that men and women experience Parkinson’s. Studies show that women diagnosed with PD report different symptoms, more often report side effects and changes in their symptoms throughout the day and receive lower-quality healthcare than men.
To address unmet research and care needs of women with Parkinson’s, the Foundation created the first national agenda specific to women with PD. This agenda identified research and care practices that better capture the needs of women. Over the next several years, the Women and PD Initiative will take an active role in implementing the priorities of the agenda. Learn more about our programs addressing women’s needs.
Find a local Women and Parkinson’s event at Parkinson.org/Events.