The Motion of Gratitude®

Legacy of Love: The Journey of Together for Sharon with Dr. George Ackerman

February 14, 2024 Shannon Missimer
The Motion of Gratitude®
Legacy of Love: The Journey of Together for Sharon with Dr. George Ackerman
Show Notes

Summary

In this episode, Shannon Missimer interviews Dr. George Ackerman, the founder of Together for Sharon, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about Parkinson's disease. Dr. Ackerman shares his personal journey as a caregiver for his mother, who had Parkinson's, and the inspiration behind his organization. He discusses the early signs and diagnosis of Parkinson's, the importance of lifestyle choices in managing the disease, and the resources available on the Together for Sharon website. Dr. Ackerman also highlights the significance of the National Plan to End Parkinson's Disease and encourages listeners to get involved in supporting the cause. Dr. George Ackerman discusses his work in supporting individuals with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers. He shares his experiences and the importance of creating a support group for those who have lost loved ones. Dr. Ackerman emphasizes the message of support, advocacy, and the commitment to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease. The conversation concludes with expressions of gratitude and a reminder to find purpose and light in life.

Takeaways

Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder that affects the nervous system and gets worse over time.
Early signs of Parkinson's can include tremors, rigidity, and muscle stiffness.
Lifestyle choices such as exercise and diet can support individuals with Parkinson's and slow the progression of the disease.
Together for Sharon is an organization that provides resources and support for individuals and families affected by Parkinson's.
The National Plan to End Parkinson's Disease is a historic bill that aims to increase funding for research, improve treatment and care, and raise awareness about Parkinson's. Dr. George Ackerman is dedicated to supporting individuals with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers.
Creating a support group for those who have lost loved ones is an important initiative.
Support, advocacy, and unity are crucial in the fight against Parkinson's disease.
Finding purpose and light in life can help overcome challenges and make a positive impact.

Chapters

00:00 Introduction and Guest Introduction
01:02 Purpose of Together for Sharon
02:00 George's Mother's Story and Parkinson's Awareness
06:22 Keeping Sharon's Legacy Alive
07:38 Early Signs and Diagnosis of Parkinson's
10:30 Lifestyle Choices for Parkinson's Support
12:16 Together for Sharon and Partnerships
16:25 Creating a Supportive Community
23:11 George's Caregiver Journey
28:49 The National Plan to End Parkinson's Disease
35:38 Taking Action and Getting Involved
39:05 Key Takeaway and Gratitude
40:40 Introduction to Dr. George Ackerman's Work
41:08 Starting a Support Group for Those Who Have Lost Loved Ones
42:33 Message of Support and Advocacy
43:03 Continued Commitment to Finding a Cure
45:24 Gratitude and Farewell
45:50 Finding Purpose and Light in Life

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