152 Dr. George Ackerman: A Conversation on Parkinson’s Disease

Apr 15, 2024 | Podcast, Podcast Episode

EPISODE 152 OF GROWING OLDER LIVING YOUNGER focuses on Parkinson’s Disease, the impact on individuals with Parkinson’s. and on their family and caretakers supporting them. Parkinson’s Disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s Disease. In the US nearly 90,000 people are newly diagnosed each year and in Canada, around 11,000. In this episode we highlight the efforts of one man to honor the life and memory of his mother, by raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease through TogetherForSharon. See  links below.

Today’s featured guest is George Ackerman PhD.  From Brooklyn, N.Y, but now residing in Florida, George works in the fields of law, police, and education. George lost his mother, Sharon Riff Ackerman, to Parkinson’s Disease. Wanting to honor his mother and bring about greater awareness of Parkinson’s Disease, together with his family he started TogetherForSharon. As well as keeping Sharon’s memory alive, they wanted to share the message of Parkinson’s Awareness, and garner hope for a cure. The website, https://www.togetherforsharon.com/ reaches thousands of individuals across the country. George currently interviews individuals throughout the Parkinson’s community including various foundations, caregivers, and Parkinson’s warriors to help share their stories and causes on the Together For Sharon podcast.

Episode Timeline

  [0:11] Introducing Parkinson’s disease, awareness and hope for a cure. 

  [3:20] Caregiving, and advocacy for Parkinson’s disease.

  [9:12] Parkinson’s disease progression and end-of-life care.

[13:59] Parkinson’s disease symptoms, diagnosis, and fundraising efforts.

[19:03] Research and potential causes. 

[24:53] Living with Parkinson’s disease and advocacy for support.

Learn more about about George Ackerman, Together for Sharon, and Parkinson’s Disease:

Website https://www.togetherforsharon.com/

Email togetherforsharon@gmail.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/togetherforsharon112020

Twitter/X https://twitter.com/togetherforsha

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