I was watching the national news on television the other day and suddenly I saw Alan Alda juggling (a 3 ball cascade). What the heck was that all about, I said to myself, as I leaned closer to the TV to catch the story. Turns out, Alan Alda was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease about 3 and a half years ago, but has just revealed it to the public. The juggling part of the story was related to his exercise program, which he summarized as “Keep moving.” Other activities of his in keeping with this advice were boxing, tennis and – get this – marching to march music (John Philip Sousa).
NBC news followed up the Alda news by interviewing a neurologist from the Cleveland Clinic, who attested to the high value of exercise for Parkinson’s Disease (something we’ve been emphasizing).
I also saw a report centering around dance and music. They focused on such a group for PD patients in Brooklyn (Marc Morris Dance Center).
So, maybe we can all profit from this latest unfortunate news involving Alan Alda. You know those exercises with swinging arms and high stepping that Nenad does during the exercise part of our module? Maybe we should do it accompanied with music (you know, for a minute or two). And, although we can’t have the formal boxing program that is encompassed in Rock Steady Boxing, maybe we should purchase one of those pop up Joe Palooka bags that I had as a kid (didn’t help me too much; I only beat up a few kids in second grade who were breathing on my Devil Dogs). Lao Du