Parkinson’s Disease

Linda Ronstadt Discloses Her Battle With Parkinson’s Disease

Posted on 08/23/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayLegendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 67, told AARP today that she “can’t sing a note” because she suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Diagnosed eight months ago, Ronstadt began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago. But she ascribed her inability to sing to a tick bite (“my health has never recovered since then”), and believed the shaking in her hands resulted from shoulder surgery. In a wide-ranging interview with AARP’s music writer Alanna Nash, Ronstadt revealed how she discovered that …

Evvie Heilbrunn: Climbing for a Cause

Posted on 07/1/2013 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeEvvie Heilbrunn is no shrinking violet. Four days a week the two-time breast cancer survivor hikes at least two hours or works out on a treadmill or elliptical machine. She sweats it out with a personal trainer another two days. And did I mention that she has Parkinson’s disease and will climb Mount Everest this fall? Heilbrunn, 57, of Great Falls, Va., will travel to Nepal in October with other Parkinson’s patients from the Scripps Clinic and Research Institute in …

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Posted on 04/17/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthApril is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and AARP is happy to have The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research as a guest contributor. Check back throughout the month of April as the Foundation shares insight into the Parkinson’s research landscape, advice on living with Parkinson’s and shares next steps on what individuals can do to speed a cure. Learn more about Michael J. Fox and his return to television as he graces the cover of AARP the Magazine this month. …

In Going Public, Valerie Harper Is in Good Company

Posted on 03/11/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayActress Valerie Harper’s March 11 appearance on the Today show to discuss her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer made her the latest celebrity to go on television to talk about a personal life-and-death health challenge. There was a time the famous tended to keep quiet about serious illnesses behind a protective cocoon of press agents, limousines with tinted windows and mansion walls. Often fans found out about their conditions through terse press releases asking for privacy, or though hints picked …

Medicare Settlement Helps Those With Chronic Conditions

Posted on 10/25/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThousands of Medicare recipients with chronic conditions — such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis  and brain injury —  may soon have an easier time getting badly needed home-health care, nursing care and therapy. That’s because of a settlement in a nationwide class action suit that removes the requirement that patients getting these services must show “improvement” in their condition.  This guideline shift, reported yesterday,  would mean these services would be covered for Medicare recipients who need them to maintain a …

The Chemist Who Made Possible Medications That Help Millions

Posted on 06/19/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you take L-dopa for Parkinson’s disease, use a beta blocker for high blood pressure or angina, or even just pop a couple of ibuprofen once in a while when your knees or hips are sore, you owe William S. Knowles a debt of gratitude. As an organic chemist for St. Louis-based Monsanto Company, Knowles, who passed away last week at age 95, led a research effort from 1968 to 1972 to develop the process that would ultimately allow Monsanto to …