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Parkinson’s Disease Podcasts
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurogenerative disorder that is characterized by tremors, rigidity, slow movement, and other non-motor symptoms. PD can be tough to navigate alone. However, learning about how other people impacted by PD have found ways to cope with their progressive movement disorder can be comforting for those feeling lost or alone. One way to do this is by listening to podcasts. Below we have highlighted some of the most popular podcasts about PD that are recorded by people diagnosed with PD, PD researchers, PD doctors, or PD organization.
When Life Gives You Parkinson’s
‘When Life Gives You Parkinson’s’ is a podcast produced by Parkinson’s Canada. The main podcaster is Larry Gifford, who is the national director of Talk Radio for Corus Entertainment in Canada. Gifford, himself, suffers from PD and his podcast covers topics including what it is like to live with PD, how it impacts his family, and how it plays a role in his community involvement. Gifford frequently partners with his co-host, Niki Reitmayer, and his wife to use humour to share heavy content surrounding PD. The podcast has a hopeful tone, and a new podcast is aired every other week. If you are interested in learning more, or tuning in, click here.
Living Well Starts Here
The ‘Living Well Starts Here’ podcast began in early 2022. The Host, Michael Quaglia, was diagnosed with PD in 2006 at only 42 years old. Prior to starting his own podcast, Michael co-hosted the ‘Two Mike’s Parkinson’s Podcast’ for six years. The ‘Living Well Starts Here Podcast’ consists primarily of interviews with guest speakers on topics relevant to the young onset PD community. This is a great resource for people who have been impacted by early onset PD, specifically. This podcast is unique because all of the conversation that happen during the interview are unrehearsed and unedited. If you would like to learn more, click here.
On Time: A Parkinson’s Podcast
This podcast overviews daily living with young onset PD. Some topics covered include socializing, dating, presenting, and achieving a healthy lifestyle while living with PD. The hosts of ‘On Time: A Parkinson’s Podcast’ include Brain Grant, a former NBA basketball player, and Heather Kennedy, founder of Kathleen Kiddo – a PD advocacy site. This podcast airs in seasons. Four weekly episodes came out in April 2022, and more episodes are scheduled to come out in the fourth quarter of 2022. If you would like to learn more, click here.
Overall, listening to podcasts is a great way to learn more about PD, and connect with others who are sharing some of the same every-day challenges. If you are hoping to start listening to a podcast, this blog post is a great place to start!