Window of Opportunity:

"This book by Kirk Hall with a forward by Benzi Kluger, M.D. offers a real-world honest and helpful window into the life of a Parkinson's disease patient who is experiencing cognitive challenges.  There are many useful tips, and also many great stories that will provide comfort to both Parkinson's disease patients and caregivers.  This is just terrific and a really important contribution to the literature. I highly recommend the book." Michael S. Okun, MD, Medical Director, National Parkinson Foundation 

“Kirk Hall delves into the frightening possibility of developing dementia as his Parkinson’s disease progresses. Candid, insightful, and forward-thinking, Kirk demonstrates through his book and his advocacy that cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease is not an end to life, but simply a turn in the road that must be negotiated and accepted, but not surrendered to. Window of Opportunity is a must-read for anyone concerned about cognition in Parkinson’s." Angela Taylor, Director of Programs, Lewy Body Dementia Association 

“I just opened the first chapter about 2 hours ago and couldn’t stop….I just finished it. It is an excellent book!” Carol J. Walton, CEO, Parkinson Alliance

"Window of Opportunity" is a unique, first-hand account of the "in between time" that comes upon acceptance of a diagnosis and before succumbing to an illness. This thoughtful, unflinching narrative explores the author's journey from his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease in 2008 through his research into the mysterious threat of cognitive dementia in his future.

When my mother was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, I searched for a book like ‘Window of Opportunity.’ It is a touchstone for those struggling with a dementia diagnosis and the people that love and care for them.” Leigh Ramsey, Daughter who lost her mother to LBD

“Initially I was apprehensive about reading the book, Window of Opportunity: Living with the Reality of Parkinson’s and the Threat of Dementia by Kirk Hall. I was afraid that the book was going to focus on the uncertainty and threat of dementia that sometimes accompanies Parkinson’s. I was delighted to see that there is no gloom and doom in this book. Kirk was courageous to tackle these sensitive topics. When he expressed his fears, it helped us to articulate and accept our own concerns and worries. We are no longer alone on this treacherous path. Kirk’s writing style is personal and honest like a memoir, and also filled with factual information and stories about Parkinson’s and dementia. He is determined to erase the stigmas of these two diseases in our society. Kirk demonstrates that we can have a meaningful, purposeful life, despite Parkinson’s, dementia or whatever maladies come our way. His book was inspirational and motivated me to move upward and onward. I highly recommend it.” Kate Kelsall,, Parkinson’s blogger: Shake, Rattle, & Roll

 “Just finished reading the manuscript and can truly say what a wonderful book this will be for so many people…PWP, family members, caregivers. It was an easy read, honest, ‘story like’ which, for me, lends itself to being a page-turner. You could truly hear your voice, the passion and desire, to help educate others.” Cheryl Fortunato, Daughter of an LBD patient

“Your book is an excellent piece of work. I particularly enjoyed reading about your history and your approach to handling the difficult things God has allowed you and your family to face.  The chapter on faith was inspiring and very humbling. I can only imagine how useful this book will be to a large number of folks who are facing similar situations.” Rich Carnahan, Ph.D., Stephen Minister, Retired Aerospace Engineer

“Window of Opportunity is the story of one person’s journey through the initial signs of cognitive impairment brought on by Parkinson’s disease and the uncertainty of a future that might include dementia. Kirk Hall, only 58 at the time he began noticing small signs of mild cognitive impairment, tells his story with directness, candor, sensitivity and humor.  He describes the long and seemingly endless visits to doctors seeking answers to his disturbing symptoms and the confusion caused by conflicting opinions about the progression of his disease. His copious notes on his symptoms and mental state allow him to describe in vivid detail his slowly coming to grips with disability and the increasing lifestyle changes required to offset progressive cognitive difficulties.  He shares the internal struggle, anxiety and stress that uncertainty causes, not only for himself but for his family as well.

The book is a tribute to someone who is able to maintain a positive orientation despite the threat of something as devastatingly frightening as dementia.  It is also a journey of discovery as Kirk transitions into the healing aspects of giving back to the Parkinson’s community through helping others and sharing his story. Indeed the reader will take away important insights into the importance of keeping a patient journal, patient self-advocacy, and shared decision-making. And, perhaps most powerful of all, are the insights into how a potentially disabling diagnosis can be a “window of opportunity” to contribute in a meaningful way to the body of knowledge about a disease and to help others on the path.” Diane Cook, People with Parkinson's Advisory Council, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Colorado State Director, Parkinson's Action Network, Senior Patient Advocate, ProjectSpark Foundation

“When Jim and I met Kirk Hall at a Parkinson’s conference in Colorado, we were impressed with his obvious intelligence and knowledge. When I read his book, that was confirmed, but most of all, I was impressed with his courage and determination. Like others facing dementia, he found himself alone. Even his wife could see only the positives at first. Yet, he motored on, seeking a diagnosis that fit his symptoms. In the meantime, Kirk’s book shows that he did all of the physical things that help to keep dementia at bay—things like exercising, yoga, eating right and decreasing stress. But he did more. He moved closer to his grandchildren, increased his focus on spirituality and reached out to others, teaching and sharing. And then he started writing, joining that small group of men like Dr. Thomas Grayboys, Rick Phelps and Charles Schneider who tell about dementia from the inside out. As caregivers, Jim and I can only write about dementia from the outside in. We join all dementia caregivers in our gratefulness to men like Kirk who give of their very soul as they tell us what it is like to feel dementia encroaching. Thank you, Kirk, for your heartfelt story. We recommend it to not only all PD and LBD caregivers, but to the medical community as well.” Helen & James Whitworth, Authors, A Caregivers Guide to Lewy Body Dementia


Carson and His Shaky Paws Grampa:

“Wonderful story. So warm, thoughtful and heartfelt. Loved it! A must read for anyone with ET or PD.” Catherine S. Rice, Executive Director, International Essential Tremor Foundation

“Often grandparents are not sure how to tell their grandchildren about their Parkinson’s disease or how to answer their questions like “why do your hands shake”.  Shaky Paws is a charming story about how Kirk Hall shared his PD with his grandson Carson.  It will provide helpful guidance to others faced with answering their grandchildren’s innocent questions.” Margaret Anne Coles, Program Manager, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center/Barrow Neurological Institute

"This is a fabulous book with remarkable illustrations that shares how one grampa chose to communicate with his grandson about his illness. Your work is remarkable.  Congratulations – this type of book is long overdue.” Cheryl Siefert, Executive Director, Parkinson Association of the Rockies

"Great story to help children understand they aren't the only kid with a parent or grandparent with Parkinson's Disease.  It also touches on Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery and the dramatic positive effects it can have on a person struggling with Parkinson's." Ben Petrick, former Rockies/Tigers baseball player with Parkinson’s who has had DBS surgery

“Parkinson's is not just an old person's concern. The average age of diagnosis is 60, usually old enough that the kids have moved out. But not always: my kids were 8,4, and 4 when I was diagnosed. And don't forget about the grandkids. Kirk Hall hasn't. Parkinson's disease is complicated enough for adults to figure out. Teaching toddlers about dopamine agonists and deep brain stimulation is impossible. But don't assume that the young ones in your family will write you off as hopelessly decrepit. In this warm and charming picture book, Kirk Hall demystifies Parkinson's for the youngsters in your family. It will help them understand why Grandpa's paws are shaking.” Joel Havemann, retired Los Angeles Times editor, author of A Life Shaken: My Encounter with Parkinson's Disease


Carina and Her Care Partner Gramma:

“Kirk’s heart-warming story reinforces the special relationship children and grandparents have, whilst skillfully weaving in the importance of carers and family. This lovely book subtly opens the door to exploring with young children the impact of Parkinson’s on daily life as well as the importance of participating in clinical trials. A super read for all ages.” European Parkinson Disease Association, London, UK

“I absolutely love this kid’s book! It really brings home the wonderful relationships of grandchildren to grandparents and how they, too, are affected by PD. Definitely a wonderfully positive and honest perspective.” Cheryl A. Siefert, Executive Director, Parkinson Association of the Rockies

“I loved your book. It made me cry. I loved that the “voice” was that of your grandchildren and the personal illustrations. I am glad that you included the surgery as it gave my kids an opening to ask questions.”  Kate Strittmatter, Early Onset Support Group Leader & early onset PWP mother of two young children

“This book may be written for children, but Kirk’s loving style is incredibly appropriate for people of all ages. He sends a beautiful and very powerful message---a must-read for everyone.” Carol Walton, CEO, Parkinson Alliance

“A ‘child's-eye view’ of Parkinson's disease as it intersects with daily life. Much like Kirk's earlier work, this book provides an opportunity to talk with children and other members of the family about the disease in a direct but non-threatening way. I highly recommend it.” John Dean, International Parkinson’s Speaker & Program Coordinator, Mountain States Division at Life Care Centers of America

"A profound, yet delightfully innocent exploration of the complex facets of living  with the day to day challenges of caring for people with Parkinson's. A must read for young and old together who cherish a simple and gentle way to stimulate curiosity and dialogue about Parkinson's Disease." Peter Davison, International Motivational Speaker & early onset PWP father of two preschool children