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Alan Alda Wants to Destigmatize Parkinson’s Disease

Alan Alda Wants to Destigmatize Parkinson's Disease

Award-winning actor Alan Alda has revealed he hopes he can help to destigmatize Parkinson’s disease.

Alan Alda, 82, best known for his role in the TV series M*A*S*H, The Blacklist, countless movies like Wanderlust, Tower Heist, The Four Seasons, What Women Want, Flirting With Disaster revealed last month that he’s been diagnosed with the disease.

Continue on to see what Alan Alda is doing to help destigmatize Parkinson’s disease…

CelebNHealth247.com has the latest on Alan Alda who told the ‘Today’ show:

I’m doing great and I hope the world is not saddened because the whole idea of talking about it was to try to help people lose this stigma.

Alan Alda adds:

It’s hard to keep a secret, especially if your hands shake or if your other symptoms.

Alan explained that in spite of the challenges he’s facing, he’ still “doing very well.”

He continued:

It’s much more easy to live your life if you just frankly say, ‘Yeah, I have got Parkinson’s and I’m working on it’ – I am working on it and doing very well. Alda, who was diagnosed with the disease three-and-a-half years ago wanted to be open about his diagnosis before someone did a “sad” story on him.

Alan explains:

I was diagnosed three-and-a-half years ago and I’ve had a full life since then.

He concludes:

I’ve acted, I’ve given talks, I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook. I started this new podcast. And I noticed that – I had been on television a lot in the last couple of weeks talking about the new podcast – and I could see my thumb twitch in some shots and I thought, it’s probably only a matter of time before somebody does a story about this from a sad point of view, but that’s not where I am.

Here are a couple of the things Alda does to help fight the illness that takes over your central nerve system,

Alan revealed vis social media:

I take boxing lessons 3 days a week, play singles tennis twice a week, and take a mild pill – all Dr. recommended. I even juggle a little. And I’m not entering dementia. I’m no more demented than I was before. Maybe I should rephrase that. Really, I’m good.

Alan Alda stay strong sir, we support you, and it’s mind over matter. You can do anything if you just put your mind to it.

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