Shaky Paws Grampa (SPG) is Kirk Hall, a nationally and internationally recognized Parkinson’s disease (PD) author, speaker and advocate. His books are on the recommended reading lists for the Parkinson Disease Foundation (PDF), National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) and Viartis. His blog contains 90+ articles and has been visited by readers from 60+ countries around the world.
Parkinson’s Resources From a Patient Perspective
Kirk began speaking at PD support group meetings and events in 2011 after writing his first children’s book, often following presentations by PD doctors. He noticed that the patients’ and their care partners’ interest level actually increased in many cases, not because what the doctors shared was uninteresting or unimportant, but because information was being shared by “one of their own” who could directly identify with much of what they were experiencing. This was a new “voice” that they were not used to hearing. In the years that followed, the value of patient input, perspective, focus and participation has become a central theme in the development of enhanced treatments and research.
Parkinson’s resources are anything that has the potential to improve quality of life for people with PD (PWPs) and their care partners. Resources on this website will include:
- Kirk’s books
- Kirk’s blog
- Kirk’s advocacy
- Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) / Parkinson Advocates in Research (PAIR)
- Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
- Media interviews
- Kirk’s recommended resources
- Top 10 recommendations for PWPs and Care Partners
- PD education websites
- PD information websites (Denver area PD events/research updates)
- Alzheimer’s & Lewy body dementia information websites
- Recommended reading list
- Recommended PD blogs
- Recommended dementia blogs
About the SPG logo
The rainbow became a central theme for Kirk during the latter stages of writing his Window of Opportunity book based on his desire to communicate that his quality of life remains very good despite the significant potential that he will develop dementia. He wants to be clear that he has much for which to be grateful, not least of which is the positive energy and caring he experiences whenever he interacts with the PD community. The central themes that have lead Kirk to this point and that continue to be important for him are hope, faith, and love.