InspirFit offers PD programs designed to increase or maintain the physical well-being of participants. The foundation provides a grant to the program.
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Muhammad Ali has died after living with Parkinson’s, a degenerative neurological disease, for three decades. Here are some questions and answers about Parkinson’s disease. Article features Dr. Michael S. Okun.
“While Muhammad Ali is best known as one of the greatest athletes of our time, we will always remember him as one of the strongest fighters in the Parkinson’s community,” Dr. Michael S. Okun, national medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation, said in a statement.
“I went up to him,” says Perlin, who eventually became a board member and executive director of the South Palm Beach County chapter of the National Parkinson’s Foundation, “and of course everyone else in the world, when they recognized him, wanted to talk to him. He was the most famous man on the planet. But he sat down and talked to me, and I reminded him of (telling him) that story about my father.”
Muhammad Ali, who died on Friday after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease, was given the diagnosis in 1984 when he was 42. The world witnessed his gradual decline over the decades as tremors and stiffness set in, replacing his athletic stride with a shuffle, silencing his exuberant voice and freezing his face into an expressionless mask.
Ali’s symptoms and the course of his disease were also consistent with a genetic form of Parkinson’s, said Michael Okun, chairman of neurology at the University of Florida, who was a longtime Ali friend and adviser. About 10% of cases are believed to be caused directly by genetics.
While Muhammad Ali knocked out a slew of boxing greats inside the ring, his toughest battle was that against Parkinson’s disease. Michael Okun from the National Parkinson Foundation, explains the disease and shares how he personally worked with Muhammad Ali during his battle.
It’s been widely assumed that Ali’s Parkinson’s was caused by taking far too many punches during his boxing career. Including his amateur days, Ali fought for more than 25 years. He turned pro in 1960 after winning a gold medal at the Rome Olympics, and retired for good in 1981.
Muhammad Ali is in the hospital with respiratory problems, and while officials haven't given details about his condition, the boxing great's health in general is complicated by advanced Parkinson's — a degenerative disease he's lived with for three decades. Here are some questions and answers about Parkinson's disease.
Dr. Michael Okun, who chairs the Department of Neurology at the University of Florida and is national medical director for the National Parkinson Foundation, said the strips would give patients "access to a new formulation of medication without the need for an injection." But Okun, who was not involved in the research, pointed out that the treatment may have some shortcomings.
New research reveals how exercise of any kind can dramatically improve the slowness, stiffness and balance issues associated with Parkinson’s disease.