World Parkinson's Day 2022

11 Apr 2022

World Parkinson's Day is all about raising awareness of Parkinson's and those affected by the condition worldwide.

At Neurology Academy, we are joining NeuroHeroes in their Sit2Stand for Parkinson's challenge. They are hoping to complete 145,000 sit-to-stands in 24 hours to raise awareness of the 145,000 people living with Parkinson's in the UK, and are encouraging everyone to sign up and help.

Daiga Heisters, Head of Parkinson’s Academy, taking part in Sit2Stand alongside Ralph the skeleton!

The challenge, 'Standing up to Parkinson's' is more than a show of solidarity or awareness-raising. It is designed to get people moving more, from whatever their current level, because movement is a positive way to manage any long term condition and particularly evidenced as beneficial in people with Parkinson's.

In January, NeuroHeroes set the challenge to do as many sit-to-stands as possible during the month, and collectively, managed 804,382.

Today, joining with people around the globe in the challenge, Neurology Academy staff will 'donate' their lunch break, replacing it with an effort to complete as many sit to stands as possible in 30 minutes - and evidence will be shared on social media!

Team NA counting up Sit2Stand's in the office!

This year, volunteers have selected two core themes for World Parkinson's Day: Light up Blue, and Poems for Parkinson's. People are invited to create a blue window display at home, light up their businesses, or share a poem about their experiences, like this one:

Find out more and log your count here:

'The things you can't get from the books'

Parkinson's Academy, our original and longest running Academy, houses 20 years of inspirational projects, resources, and evidence for improving outcomes for people with Parkinson's. Led by co-founder and educational director Dr Peter Fletcher, the Academy has a truly collegiate feel and prides itself on delivering 'the things you can't get from books' - a practical learning model which inspires all Neurology Academy courses.