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The Parkinson Games event has been postponed to 2023. Read more here.

The founder of this summer’s very first Parkinson Games, Ruud Overes, tells us more

Are you a sporty person with Parkinson’s? Perhaps you’re a fast runner, an ace aim at darts, a keen spin cyclist, or you play golf, table tennis, badminton or basketball? Maybe you do powerlifting, play football or swimming?

If so, this summer’s very first Parkinson Games is the perfect opportunity to show the Parkinson’s community – and the world – what you can do. At the same time you’ll help to raise money for fundamental research into Parkinson’s as well as increase awareness of the condition and foster a sense of inclusion.

Taking place in Eindhoven in The Netherlands on 4, 5 and 6 August, The Parkinson Games will see people with Parkinson’s (PwPs) from countries around the world participating in around 20 different sporting disciplines specially chosen for people with the condition. Around 750 PwPs are expected to take part – could one of them be you?

Ruud Overes, PwP, founder of Parkinson2Beat and organiser of The Parkinson Games, spoke to Parkinson's Europe about the importance of exercise for PwPs: “A few years ago, I did a 10,000-kilometre bike trip in 80 days. Before and after that trip, I was independently tested by [well-known Dutch neurologist] Prof Bas Bloem and associate professor Erwin van Wegen and my UPDRS score was much better afterwards, clearly showing the importance of doing sports. That trip was perhaps a bit extreme, but a lifestyle that includes exercise, doing sports, or dancing for half an hour three days a week is sufficient to achieve good results. When you combine this with eating healthy food, having enough sleep, not too much stress, avoiding toxic environments and remaining interested in things, it will make you feel great and enable you to enjoy an excellent quality of life.

“We hope that The Parkinson Games will show PwPs that it is fun and actually very easy to adapt to a lifestyle that results in more years with an excellent quality of life. We never stop.”


Ruud Overes

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We hope that The Parkinson Games will show PwPs that it is fun and actually very easy to adapt to a lifestyle that results in more years with an excellent quality of life

Ruud Overes, founder and organiser of The Parkinson Games
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The Parkinson Games will begin on 4 August with a symposium called ‘Changing perspectives’. It will be opened by Ernst Kuipers, the Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, with appearances by Prof Bloem and Machteld Huber, founder of Utrecht’s Institute for Positive Health.

Following an opening ceremony, the sporting events will then take place during the day on 5-6 August at the Eindhoven University of Technology and Eindhoven Athletics tracks.

There will also be a cultural gala evening at the Eindhoven ParkTheater on 5 August, which will include a ballet performance by the Dutch National Ballet accompanied by Kamarata South orchestra. The Dutch neuropsychologist Prof. Erik Scherder and Ernst Daniël Smid will also make an appearance.

Visit www.theparkinsongames.com to find out more about The Parkinson Games ​and how to enter as a participant.

Further reading:

  • The Parkinson Games event has been postponed to 2023. Find out more at the event website

Have you noticed an improvement in your Parkinson’s symptoms after taking up regular exercise? Email info@parkinsonseurope.org and tell us your stories.

Parkinson's Europe is sharing this article for information purposes only; it does not represent Parkinson's Europe's views and is not an endorsement by Parkinson's Europe of any particular treatments, therapies or products.

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