I hate Parkinsons!

many people suffer from many afflictions, but I bring this topic up because of being reminded of a few of my favorite entertainers suffering from it.

My list starts with

Michael J Fox - Favorite Canadian actor
Mohammad Ali - simply the greatest
Linda Ronstadt - my all time fav female pop singer.
Neil Diamond - my all time fav male singer/songwriter

grr I say…grrrr

I think of Parkinson exactly the same as I think of Alzheimer.

I wish these guys had kept their darn diseases to themselves.

Parkinson’s can be nasty that’s for sure. And not to forget the atypical Parkinsonism diseases, much rarer than true Parkinson’s but devastating. Dudley Moore for instance died from complications of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy which is a horrible disease. My aunt had Lewy Body Disease with dementia that she passed from and horrible as well. Some info below. Unfortunate that at this time Parkinson’s and these atypical Parkinson’s are progressive without a cure:

Atypical Parkinson’s - from Michael Fox website:


Barbara Walters interview with Dudley Moore before he passed:

Michael Fox’s Foundation website:

I also would like to bring this forward, the aspect of neuropalliative care with progressive neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s. It’s excellent that this is now being recognized as equally important compared with the traditional palliative care with cancer.

From Pubmed:

1. Fortschr Neurol Psychiatr. 2018 Sep;86(S 01):S30-S33. doi: 10.1055/a-0671-2115.
Epub 2018 Sep 21.

[b][Neuropalliative care aspects in patients with Parkinson's disease].[/b]

Eva Weck C(1)(2), Lorenzl S(1)(3)(2).

Author information: 
(1)Institut für Pflegewissenschaften der PMU Salzburg.
(2)Krankenhaus Agatharied.
(3)Klinik und Poliklinik für Palliativmedizin der LMU München und Abteilung für
Neurologie und Neuropalliative Care.

Palliative Care in Parkinson's Disease (PD) is of growing interest. The burden of
symptoms of late-stage PD patients is similar or even higher than those of
patients suffering from oncological diseases. However, patients suffering from
advanced phases of PD have tremendous unmet palliative care needs. The disease
trajectories are often difficult to define, and initiation of palliative care
approach has to be chosen carefully. Swallowing difficulties define the onset of 
the late and palliative phase and have to be seen as a landmark for palliative
care involvement. Here we provide an approach to palliative care in PD in the
final phase and also care for the relatives.

DOI: 10.1055/a-0671-2115 
PMID: 30241098 

Let’s have a good thought for those people, who unfortunately have debilitating diseases like Parkinsons, Alzheimers and many others.

Bingo Johnny!