Robin Williams Made a Movie About a Parkinson’s Drug

As details of Robin Williams’ death continue to emerge, we learn more about the actor’s life. His wife, Susan Schneider, has revealed that he was struggling with a recent diagnosis of early Parkinson’s disease. “Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” she said in a public statement. Nearly 25 years ago, Williams …

‘When Will I Be Loved?’: Linda Ronstadt Gets an Answer

Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 68, undoubtedly has had plenty of secret admirers over the years, though perhaps none quite as famous as the president of the United States. Ronstadt, who’s won numerous accolades over the years for her “one-of-a-kind voice,” was at a White House ceremony on July 28 to receive the National Medal of Arts. As President Barack Obama prepared to hang the medal around Ronstadt’s neck, he confessed, “I had a little crush on her back in the …

Casey Kasem Found; Judge Orders Hearing on His Health

Three days after a Los Angeles judge expressed concern about his whereabouts, radio icon Casey Kasem turned up in Kitsap County, Wash., where he appears to have been vacationing with his wife. Kasem’s children had gone to court in an effort to locate the former host of America’s Top 40. Kerri Kasem had been appointed temporary conservator of her father on May 12. Concerned about his health and fearing that Jean Kasem, his wife of 34 years, was planning to …

Becoming a Better Caregiver With Help From Actors

Training medical students to do a better job by using actors to play patients is not new. But at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, actors are faking dementia and Parkinson’s disease to help family caregivers be more effective – and that’s downright novel. Last month, 16 caregiver spouses gathered at the hospital’s simulation center to boost their communication skills with a loved one. These husbands and wives were dealing with challenging behaviors and wanted help solving real-life issues. In the process, …

Casey Kasem: A Top 40 Controversy

Imagine that you are at the very top of your game. You have millions of fans. Your voice is heard around the world. Your children, grown-up now, are successful; you are happily married. And then you get sick. Suddenly, you have difficulty caring for yourself. And those you love start fighting over you. Sounds like the sad tale of a Top 40 song. But life imitates art, at least in the case of Casey Kasem, 81, the long-time host of …

Linda Ronstadt: New Parkinson’s Therapies May Help You to Sing

“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease. No matter how hard you try,” lamented legendary singer Linda Ronstadt, who was recently diagnosed with the condition. That may be true for Ronstadt, but speech pathologists and other Parkinson’s experts say there is enormous hope for most people. “It made me very sad to hear her say that,” says Samantha Elandary, founder and CEO of the nonprofit therapy group Parkinson Voice Project in Dallas, which has helped patients to sing. “Twenty years …