Welcome to the forum
I was 48 when diagnosed 17 months ago and like you hated popping pills even for a headache! so reluctantly i started on VERY LOW dose of Sinemet 1 x 2.5mg (apparently innefective dose?) and built to 3 x a day then went back down to 1 - then i decided i'd rather be on a DA rather than Levodopa (after much sole searching and debate/advice from others) and am only taking 1 x 2mg Requip XL a day (still apparently innefective dose?) and i'm ok for the time being? No doubt i'll upp meds when i feel the need.
My advice to you is ask as many questions as you can as in the beginning (even now still) there are so many different drugs available that it's mind bogling
and the biggest learning curve for me is that everyone's symptoms/tollerance to meds is different, so write things down to take to neuro, get his advice, take it away and THINK ABOUT, re-ask new questions that will come to light, then make your own guided decission!!
It has been my experience that my doctor, pd nurse and neuro have wanted to start me on higher dosages of meds for symptoms that i'm ok with (for the moment) so my advice would be to start low, give it reasonable amount of time to work, then upp them IF/When needed. Easier said than done i know but the key is not to panic!(or at least try not too!) Work out whats right for you and makes you feel better about yourself i guess is key.
Best of luck