World Parkinson's Day

World Parkinson’s Day takes place on 11 April every year to raise awareness of Parkinson's.

Not enough people understand what it’s like to live with Parkinson’s. They don’t know it’s a serious condition. They don’t realise that treatments are limited and that there is no cure.

But if more people understand Parkinson’s, the more people can fundraise, can fight for fair benefits, can support their local communities, and, ultimately, can get us closer to that cure.

It’s time to start the conversation. It’s time to talk about Parkinson’s.

World Parkinson's Day 2022

World Parkinson’s Day belongs to the Parkinson’s community. This year, on 11 April, Parkinson’s UK supported 2 activities, chosen and led by a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers: Poems for Parkinson’s and Light Up Blue for Parkinson’s.

Poems for Parkinson's

Our community shared hundreds of poems with us this World Parkinson's Day. Happy, funny, sad and thoughtful, you shared your stories and told the world how Parkinson's has affected you or someone you love. 

Light Up Blue for Parkinson's

Our community worked incredibly hard to encourage local attractions and iconic buildings across the UK to light up blue for Parkinson's on 11 April. You can see a map of all the locations that lit up on the night below.

5 facts about Parkinson’s

  • Parkinson's is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world.
  • There are over 40 symptoms. From pain and stiffness, to problems with sleep and mental health. Everyone’s experience is different.
  • 1 in 37 people alive today in the UK will be diagnosed with Parkinson's in their lifetime.
  • Every hour, 2 more people are diagnosed. That's the same as 18,000 people every year. 
  • Around 145,000 people in the UK are currently diagnosed with Parkinson's.