Financial & Legal Issues — Budgeting

Many young people with Parkinson's have financial concerns.

Balancing a potential increase in healthcare expenses, and at the same time anticipating or experiencing a decrease in income, make budgeting and financial planning essential. There are many different tools individuals and families use to create budgets. Some people simply use an Excel spreadsheet or a software program such as Quicken®; others find that some of the free personal finance software downloads meet their needs.

It is common for people with chronic conditions to create a very lean budget and yet still have expenses exceed their income. The high cost of prescription drugs is often the culprit. For information about prescription drug assistance programs as well as additional programs and services that may be able to assist with other healthcare or general living expenses, visit our Young Onset Resource Guide.