Alan Alda reveals Parkinson's disease diagnosis

Angelo Anderson
August 2, 2018

Award-winning actor Alan Alda has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

The actor announced the news on "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday, saying he was diagnosed almost four years ago.

The six-time Emmy Award victor said he was diagnosed three-and-a-half years ago.

"I've had a richer life than I've had up until now", Alda told "CBS This Morning".

Since his diagnosis, Alda has published a book on the science of communication, given talks and, most recently, started a podcast called "Clear and Vivid". "I started this new podcast", he said. He says he could see his thumb twitch in a recent podcast and thought someone would soon do a sad story. Although there isn't a specific test that can be used to definitively diagnose Parkinson's, doctors may use brain scans, blood tests, and other exams to rule out other options.

Parkinson's disease is a "progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement", according to the Mayo Clinic.

"And I said, 'I want to know if there's anything I can do". You still have things you can do. "I march to Sousa music because marching to march music is good for Parkinson's", said Alda. He said he chose to go public with his illness after noticing his thumb twitch during recent television appearances.

The "M*A*S*H" star, 82, says he went to his doctor after he began to experience a very early symptom of the disease, and he's maintained a positive mindset about his condition in the years since. Alda also said he considers his affliction a challenge.

"I think my saying something publicly about this today is going to make one thing a little easier", he said Tuesday. "You know how I look at it?" He added, "And I enjoy solving puzzles". "It helps to keep moving".

Following the interview, Alda tweeted that he had chose to share the personal information in order to convince other people with the condition to keep active.

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