Dilys Parker

New Zealand

Age diagnosed: 57

Specialist interest: Supporting others with Parkinson’s

I was diagnosed in 2008, while living in the UK. My response was to learn as much as I could about PD. I am very fortunate to have been in the UK at this time because as well as good health care I met many wonderful people with PD in Britain and Europe. The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) and later Parkinson’s Movement was at the centre of all this. Their inclusive model of working is affirming and leads the way in showing how the voices of people with Parkinson’s can be heard and valurd. I returned to NZ in 2013.

  • Attended WPC 2010, 2013, 2016
  • WPC Ambassador 2016
  • Former Board Member Parkinson’s New Zealand
  • Member local committe of PNZ
  • Participated in the 1st EPDA Unity walk in Amsterdam 2012
  • Participated in the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York 2009
  • Participant in PD research and trials in UK and NZ
  • Previous contributor and Assistant Editor PM magazine “On the Move”

“I want to see people linked to local support as well as being introduced to activities and information from the international Parkinson community.I want to see the acceptance of people with PD as equal partners and contributors in all matters that concern us.”

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