Actor, advocate, author and podcast host Alan Alda has revealed that he is battling Parkinson’s disease — but in true Growing Bolder fashion, he’s not letting it stop him from pursuing his passions or living his dreams.

Funny enough, it’s actually a series of real dreams that led Alda to the doctor’s office, where a series of tests led to the diagnosis of PD, a degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system and generally leads to the breakdown of the body and the brain.
“I was having a dream that someone was attacking me and I threw a sack of potatoes at them. But what I was really doing was throwing a pillow at my wife,” the 82-year-old tells CBS News.
When the M*A*S*H star read an article about early signs of Parkinson’s — one of which is acting out dreams — he got tested. Alda says that despite the fact that he may be facing a difficult future, he’s very much present in what he can do and be today, and isn’t letting PD make him angry.
Click here to learn more about Alan Alda's announcement.
Before revealing his diagnosis, Alda spoke with Growing Bolder Radio about his legendary career, and what he wants to do in the future.

Alda is already taking action to Move Forward. Give Back®. He has launched a podcast called Clear+Vivid, which expands on the work he does through the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The goal is to help scientists and entrepreneurs better connect with their audiences, and to explore all of the ways that people communicate with each other.
Click here to listen to Alan Alda on Growing Bolder Radio.
There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, and that’s one of the reasons Growing Bolder is so proud to partner with organizations like Bioclinica Research

Growing Bolder CEO Marc Middleton has a personal message about this partnership here, and we hope you'll take a moment to watch and share.

Bioclinica Research is discovering the future of medicine and helping to save lives, through clinical trials. 

These trials are already breaking new ground in the studies of:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Healthy aging

And much more! You can learn more about the active trials and see if you qualify — it’s a truly Growing Bolder thing to do — at growingbolder.com/bioclinica.

Letecia Foster used to weigh 230 pounds. She knew she had to get healthier for her own lifestyle, as well as to inspire the kids at her elementary school, Hungerford Elementary in Eatonville, Florida, one of the nation’s first black-governed towns.

Principal Foster’s personal transformation is helping spur on a wellness revolution in this historic town. Each year, the elementary kids now line up for the school’s 5K around Eatonville, the town immortalized by its most famous daughter, Zora Neale Hurston.

Join the children for one of their favorite mornings of the year and see how the power of healthy adult can not only inspire younger generations, it can change a community forever.
Watch a special version of this inspirational story on Instagram.
Growing Bolder is proud to present this story as part of our partnership with the Winter Park Health Foundation and its forthcoming Center for Health & Wellbeing, scheduled to open in late 2018. Together, we’re building the Wellbeing Network, an online, go-to resource for education, motivation, and real-life stories featuring the seven dimensions of wellbeing: those integral parts of our mind, body, and spirit that form the very essence of our wellbeing, and need life-long nurturing. 
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