The facts about Inherited Parkinson's

On this forum I have read many posts where people are worried after being diagnosed with PD, about passing it on to their children or grandchildren. My understanding is that only 5% of people with PD have inherited it.

On the Parkinson's UK Facebook page there is a video they posted this afternoon Professor John Hardy from UCL Institute of Neurology talks about inherited PD and has some very clear diagrams that show you just how many people in a family where the PD is inherited are affected...Makes very interesting reading, and may help alleviate people's worries about passing PD on. 

Of course it doesn't mean that family members won't get PD - but they will have got it because of reasons other that an 'inheritance!'

My Mum had PD and I used to be concerned about the possibility of inheriting it ......... but not  since I first read about the research with the families literally 'riddled' with PD across generations.

Go to the Facebook page and listen/watch the lecture...

That was well worth watching, the whole lecture is only 16 minutes. Thanks for posting that, Keld.

I just wish that the professor hadn't referred  throughout to the condition as, Parkinsons Disease. It's a neurological condition and cannot be caught, as a disease can.

However, when one of our adult offspring applied for a mortgage, they had to disclose any health conditions in the family history, just one person has Parkinsons in many generations, and  as far back as we can go, and they felt that this gave them an unfavourable review of their actual situation and possibly, who knows, of interest rates over the duration of the mortgage.

Anyone know if they can  discriminate so?


Please can you provide an on-line link to the specific Facebook posting. Thanks.

Hi Dai,

Here is the link to the video we posted on Facebook back in June:

Best wishes,

Joanne - Digital team 


Hi benji
I am glad you brought up the subject about PD condition. like you say it cannot be caught so it should not be classified as a Disease

I am waiting for diagnosis, but my mum and her brother both had PD and if I have it I think there is a strong chance of having inherited it.