World Parkinson Congress 2023

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Be an Advocate

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We love a Snowball at Spotlight Central. The editor is a child of the ’70s and has been known to knock back a snowball or two when she’s run out of Babycham. [Advocate not advocaat – Ed]. Ahem… Would you be interested in telling your story? Everyone living with YOPD – whether a PWP or […]

Our Partners & Alliances

Spotlight YOPD branded T-Shirt saying "YOPD-KO on the ropes but fighting back"

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Newly Diagnosed? Dont Panic!


The three words ‘you have Parkinson’s’ are not the ones anyone wants to hear. For those diagnosed at a younger age, it’s likely to have taken some time even to reach that conclusion. Along the way there may have been tests, lots of well-meaning people reassuring you that you’re too young, possibly an operation or […]

Turning The Spotlight On Our Cause

Spotlight YOPD is a UK-based charity with the ultimate goal of supporting patients with young-onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD), raising the profile and mobilising research into YOPD.

Rare Disease Status

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How do we better understand YOPD?

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Spotlight YOPD & World Parkinsons Coalition Survey How do we better understand YOPD?. Now the fastest-growing neurological condition and considered the most complex, a new creative approach is required to greater understand Parkinson’s in all its forms. Collaboration, specifically patient insight and experience and scientist knowledge with a modern, holistic and open-minded approach will bring […]

When Not To Spin The Wheel

Ordinarily we’re all in favour of Young Parkies running their own home experiments to observe the effects on their PD and its symptoms. Here Simon Templar, not necessarily our writer’s real name, takes far too much of a gamble, even in his own view. Having lived to tell the tale, he recounts it here. It […]

YOPD Stories – Tell It Like It Is

Lisa V is well into her second decade of living with PD – her husband’s. A carer, a writer, an artist – she offers her own colourful perspective on YOPD. Hello beautiful young things! I have so much to tell you, show you. Why? Because you have YOPD, as does my hubby. Now for him […]