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Kirk started writing articles for his blog around the time his first book was published (September 2011). Not having any other bright ideas at the time, he adopted the book title as his “brand” for the blog. Over time, Shaky Paws Grampa (SPG) has become his “identity” in the PD world. The good news is that he hasn’t had to fight anybody for it and there was no competition for the web address (understandably).

He didn’t have any clear goals in mind for the blog when he started other than to make his target audience the “PD world”, opting to write about what ever inspired him at the moment. Over time, various themes emerged:

Book or writing-related
PD-related information
Clinical research study advocacy/participation
Cognition issues
Living with PD-personal
PD meeting/conference announcements
SPG speaking engagements, media interviews, and webinars
Calls to action

Three years later, he has posted 120 articles that have been viewed by readers from over 60 countries around the world.

World Parkinson Congress Invitation

I was honored to receive an invitation to speak at the upcoming World Parkinson Congress in Portland recently:


November 16, 2015


Dear Mr. Hall:


The 4th World Parkinson Congress (WPC 2016) will be held from Tuesday, September 20 to Friday, September

23, 2016 in Portland, Oregon, USA. The WPC 2016 is following on the great success of the WPC 2013 in

Montreal, Canada and will once again provide an international forum for the latest scientific discoveries, medical

practices, care models and caregiver initiatives related to Parkinson's disease. This unique event, supported by

more than 170 partnering organizations from over 45 countries, will bring together physicians, neuroscientists,

nurses, rehabilitation specialists, care partners, people with Parkinson's disease, policy makers and others to

create a worldwide dialogue that will help expedite the discovery of a cure and best treatment practices for this

devastating disease.


All talks in the Congress are to be given in English.



More information about the WPC 2016 can be found at



On behalf of the WPC 2016 Program Committee, we would like to congratulate you for being nominated to be a

part of invited program at the WPC 2016.  Fulldetails of your participation are shown below, including dates,

times, roles and sessions:

- Role: SPEAKER #3 in the Workshop titled 'TW3: From diagnosis to death: What palliative care can offer

patients and care partners' with your presentation covering 'Talk #3: Palliative care and PD: A patient

perspective' on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016, from 1:30 - 3:00 PM.

- Role: CO-HOST in the Roundtable titled 'FRT1: Roundtable' with your presentation covering 'Roundtable #7:

Palliative care treatment options: what works best from the health professional and patient perspectives' on

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016, from 1:30 - 3:00 PM.


I was happy to accept and look forward to this opportunity, though I will undoubtedly be scared stiff.  But

having PD, I am already somewhat stiff anyway!

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