Clocking In for Young Onset PD

The above video launches our campaign marking the bicentenary of James Parkinson’s discovery of The Shaking Palsy – later named after him as Parkinson’s Disease. Please watch and share… We are asking that everyone – whether or not they have any contact with anyone with this neurologic condition – posts a picture of a clock on Twitter to indicate that our wait for a cure continues. Please use the hashtag #YOPD200.

You can post it any time this year – it doesn’t have to be this month… we’ll wait.

This campaign from @SpotlightYOPD is intended to highlight YOPD – Young Onset Parkinson’s which impacts on the lives of an estimated 6,500 people in the UK, diagnosed in their 20s, 30s and 40s. It also, inevitably, takes a significant toll of their families and friends.

Those diagnosed at a younger than expected age have longer to live with this degenerative chronic condition; longer to potentially wait in hope for a cure. Better treatment, care and information early after diagnosis will lead to a better quality of life with the condition. People with PD will be able to play an active role and stay in work for longer – benefitting society, their community and the economy.

On Tuesday 11 April 2017 – International Parkinson’s Awareness Day – we’ll be asking people to paste a screengrab of their smartphone clock set at 17 minutes past 6 or, ideally 18:17 in the 24 hour clock – to mark the 200 year wait. Please RT, spread the word and get involved. Please use #YOPD200.