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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Legendary 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.
Evvie 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?
April 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.
Actress 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.
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