Parkinson’s disease ranks as one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders in the world, affecting over 10 million people worldwide. Yet, each case feels so individual.
This year’s best blogs celebrate the uniqueness of each person’s journey — along with their friends, family, and caregivers — while emphasizing the tremendous value of sharing experiences and living life to the fullest.
A Soft Voice in a Noisy World
A Soft Voice in a Noisy World focuses on dealing and healing with Parkinson’s disease. Author and entrepreneur Karl Robb, who has lived with Parkinson’s for more than 30 years, writes with sensitivity and kindness about the challenges of living with a chronic illness — with inspirational quotes and motivational posts aplenty. It’s perfect for those looking for a balance of mind, body, and spirit.
The Perky Parkie
For those looking for a side of humanity and humor with their Parkinson’s news, The Perky Parkie delivers. Allison Smith is unwaveringly positive. A cancer survivor who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 32, Smith knows what it means to face a challenge. The Perky Parkie tackles real-life issues like dating with Parkinson’s and recovery after surgery, all while remaining true to its tagline — “I dare you not to laugh.”
Run by the nonprofit Parkinson’s Foundation, the Parkinson’s Today blog focuses on information useful to those living with the disease. It covers issues like science news, recent research, and the benefits of expert care. It also boasts a Caregiver Corner and tackles tough topics, including raising awareness of Parkinson’s and tips for daily living.
The Cure Parkinson’s Trust
The Trust is dedicated to funding research to slow, stop, and reverse Parkinson’s. The news section of the U.K.-based charity focuses on recent clinical trials and the latest science news, and features a quarterly Parkinson’s webinar series.
Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s
Essential information, practical tools, and inspiration for people living with Parkinson’s — that’s the core focus of this foundation. Along with posts on treatments and health, their wonderful “Moments of Victory” series tells the stories of those with Parkinson’s who are living life to the fullest.
Shake It Up
Shake It Up Australia Foundation (Michael J. Fox Foundation’s partner in Australia) is a nonprofit that promotes and funds Parkinson’s disease research. The blog tells the stories of heroes in the community, and promotes local fundraising and awareness events.
If you’re seeking a first-person perspective of living with Parkinson’s, you’ll find it here. Sharon Krischer started the blog to encourage the exchange of ideas and solutions with others whose lives have been affected by the disease. Her writing is deeply personal, providing insights into tips and tricks that improve her life, paired with her thoughts on the latest in research and treatments.
The Science of Parkinson’s
The Science of Parkinson’s has a simple mission: to bridge the gap between media headlines and the actual science when it comes to Parkinson’s research. Dr. Simon Stott, the deputy director of research at the Cure Parkinson’s Trust, posts regular updates about the science behind new discoveries, clinical trial results, and introduces readers to people behind the research.
Parkinson’s News Today
Parkinson’s News Today is a digital news website dedicated to covering the science, research, and advocacy news about the disease. It’s a go-to for science news junkies looking for daily updates. The current headlines are supplemented by regular columns and forums that cover topics including living with Parkinson’s and alternative treatment options.