Actor Alan Alda says he has Parkinson’s disease

Posted on: July 31st, 2018 by ABC News 1 Comment

Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Legendary stage and screen actor Alan Alda announced Tuesday that he has Parkinson’s disease.

Alda — the Emmy award-winning performer who starred as the long-running series M.A.S.H. as beloved combat doctor Hawkeye Pierce — said in an interview on CBS This Morning that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2015.

“I was diagnosed three-and-a-half years ago and I’ve had a full life since then,” the 82-year-old Alda said. “I’ve acted, I’ve given talks, I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook [University], I’ve started this new podcast.”

Alda, who has appeared in movies including Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, added that he’s had hardly any symptoms other than noticing “my thumb twitch.”

“I thought it’s probably only a matter of time before somebody does a story about this from a sad … point of view, which is not where I am.”

The actor confirmed the condition — and his positive outlook — to his Twitter followers, along with a video of him juggling. “If you get a diagnosis, keep moving!” he posted.

“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,” he joked.

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One Response

  1. shirlyklassen says:

    The love of my life for the last 17 years was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease nearly 4 years ago, at age 52. He had a stooped posture, tremors, muscle stiffness, horrible driving skills, and slow movement. He was placed on Sinemet 50/200 at night for 7 months and then Sifrol and rotigotine were introduced which replaced the Sinemet but he had to stop due to side effects. He started having hallucinations, lost touch with reality. Suspecting it was the medications I took him off the Siferol (with the doctor’s knowledge) In March this year his primary physician suggested we started him on Natural Herbal Gardens Parkinson’s Herbal formula which eased his anxiety a bit, i’m happy to report this PD herbal treatment worked very effectively. His Parkinson’s is totally under control, he had a total decline in symptoms, the tremors, shaking, stiffness, slow movement and speech problems stopped.

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