Gaming with Parkinson's
Thomas is 17, and was diagnosed with Parkinson's 2 years ago.
He shares how gaming helps with his symptoms:
"I got my first console aged 10, and haven't stopped gaming since. It helps me relax and escape from the Parkinson’s symptoms I experience every day.
"I find it hard to socialise in real life, but the gaming community gives me the opportunity and confidence to overcome this."
Step 1: choose your challenge
Play non-stop for 6, 12 or even 24 hours. Just don't forget to schedule regular breaks to walk around, eat and drink.
Set up a tournament with friends, family or your virtual squad. Who will be the gaming champion among your team?
See how quickly you can complete a level or a whole game. Ready, set, GO!
Why not challenge yourself to complete as many side quests as possible in an open world game? Or try to defeat the final boss of a game with a limited inventory? The options are endless.
Step 2: set up your gaming fundraiser
How you stream will depend on the console you use. These links should help you get started:
- PlayStation 4 using Twitch or YouTube
- Xbox One using Twitch
- PC using OBS Studio
- Nintendo Switch using a PC
We recommend using the JustGiving Gaming platform to fundraise for your event. Read this handy toolkit for loads of tips and tricks to help you smash your fundraising target.
Step 3: get the most out of your fundraising
- Get in touch to let us know you're Powering Up for Parkinson's. We're here to support you every step of the way. You can drop us an email at [email protected] or call on 0800 138 6593.
- Share your fundraiser on social media and use #TeamParkinsons to let everyone know you're supporting our work with your stream.
- Visit our shop and grab some Parkinson's UK branded merchandise to wear and use during your stream.
- Chat with other Parkinson's Power Up players to share streaming tips and advice on our Discord channel.
Step 4: game responsibly
- Take regular breaks. Every 50 to 90 minutes is recommended. Breaks should be at least 5 minutes long, but 15 to 20 minutes is ideal.
- Make sure you keep eating and drinking while playing.
- Be polite and respectful to other players.
- Read more information on gaming and addiction.
After his Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2019, Will decided to use his passion, gaming, to fundraise for Parkinson's UK:
“When my Dad was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I felt upset and angry. After a bit of research, I came across Parkinson’s UK and was inspired by the fantastic work they do.
“With lockdown in full effect, I decided to do a fundraising gaming marathon with my closest friends Kieran and Jack.
“It feels great to be able to raise money for Parkinson’s UK whilst spending time with my friends virtually. I play a huge variety of games, but some of my favourites are Rocket League, FIFA and Fall Guys.”