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“Golden Boy” Update: Boxing, Acting, Defeating Parkinson’s
Bruce

“Golden Boy” Update: Boxing, Acting, Defeating Parkinson’s

After I posted yesterday about the revival of the 1937 play “Golden Boy,” one of the people involved with the project (and with the organization which is sponsoring it, stoPD), Dr. Roberta Marongiu, wrote the following comment on a Facebook page where I had left a link to my post: Roberta Marongiu Thank you so much …

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“Golden Boy” w/ Parkinson’s
Bruce

“Golden Boy” w/ Parkinson’s

The local NPR radio station in New York, WNYC, just interviewed three people  involved in a revival of Clifford Odet’s 1937 play, “Golden Boy.”  The play focuses on a young man who is talented at the violin and dreams of pursuing a musical career, while at the same time a boxing promoter wants the young …

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Jane Pauley Interviews Michael J. Fox
Bruce

Jane Pauley Interviews Michael J. Fox

This morning, Jane Pauley interviewed Michael J. Fox on the TV show “CBS Sunday Morning.” It’s always amazing to hear Michael speak, and in this interview he is straightforward and serious. There’s also a small section where Pauley interviews a group of New York-area Parkies, including Michael. The entire segment is both sobering and inspirational. …

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Review:  The Parkinson’s Playbook, by Robert Smith
Bruce

Review:  The Parkinson’s Playbook, by Robert Smith

Robert Smith, a retired landscaping architect who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006, has just come out with a book that explains how he turned his life around five years after his diagnosis. Apparently from 2006 until 2011, he was on a downward spiral, still working long hours and getting by primarily on Parkinson’s …

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Review: “How Not to Die from Parkinson’s Disease”
Bruce

Review: “How Not to Die from Parkinson’s Disease”

At the World Parkinson Congress last September, I walked in on the tail-end of an academic session that dealt with nutrition.  The speaker ended with a strong pitch that we all read – and follow – Dr. Michael Greger’s book How Not to Die, the first half of which contains a chapter titled “How Not …

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Cure for Parkinson’s? Try Irish Dancing!
Bruce

Cure for Parkinson’s? Try Irish Dancing!

A friend alerted me to this article about an Italian doctor who enjoys playing Irish music and who noticed that a man with Parkinson’s seemed to lose his symptoms when he did Irish dancing. So the doctor, Daniele Volpe, conducted an experiment with 24 Parkies.  Half of them received conventional physical therapy for six months.  The …

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A Great Solution for Gay Senior Citizens
Bruce

A Great Solution for Gay Senior Citizens

I’ve posted a few times about the difficulties LGBTQ Parkies face, especially as they age and are in need of housing (click!  click!  click!).  One problem, as exemplified in the case of Marsha Wetzel, is finding a senior citizen residence where you aren’t harassed by fellow residents who are anti-gay, and where you feel supported by …

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More Potential Dangers for LGBTQ Parkies
Bruce

More Potential Dangers for LGBTQ Parkies

Last week I reviewed a host of issues concerning Parkinson’s disease and the LGBTQ community; it was a follow-up on an earlier post I wrote shortly after the World Parkinson Congress in September. This week there is another news item on the same topic.  The Texas Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, declared that married same-sex …

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