84-year-old man with Parkinson’s Disease still winning racecar competitions

84-year-old man with Parkinson’s Disease still winning racecar competitions


FINISH THE PROJECT BY SPRING. IT’S BEING PAID FOR BY GRANTS TOTALING $135,000. Fred: AND 84-YEAR-OLD MAN ISN’T LETTING PARKINSON’S DISEASE HOLDING BACK. THE FORMER RACECAR DRIVERS MANAGING HIS DISEASE IN AN UNCONVENTIONAL WAY. IT’S PART OF OUR SERIES A PARTNERSHIP. 7NEWS JEVON URFER MARTIN TALK WITH A NEUROLOGIST ABOUT THE BEST WAY TO MANAGE PARKINSON’S. FOR JOE EVANS, THERE’S NO GREATER THRILL THAN BE BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A RACECAR. IT TAKES A LOT OF WORK TO BE ABLE TO RAISE AND COME OUT A WINNER. I’VE BEEN PRETTY LUCKY TODAY. HE’S ONE MORE THAN 180 TROPHIES THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER. I WANT ALL OF THOSE ONE YEAR . EVEN SOME OF THE HOBBY DIVISION. WHEN I JOINED THE AIR FORCE THAT’S WHEN I STARTED RACING AND I RAISED NASCAR OUT IN CALIFORNIA FOR FIVE YEARS. TWO YEARS AGO HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE. BELIEVE IT OR NOT HE RACES FOR THE VINTAGE RAZOR AND WINDS. AT ONE QUITE A FEW. ONE OF THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS IS SHAKING SOMETHING HE BATTLES BUT HE SAYS IT GOES AWAY WHEN HE’S DOING WHAT HE LOVED. THE TREMOR IS ADDRESSED BUT NOT WHEN YOU GO TO DO SOMETHING IT TENDS TO GO AWAY. BUT WHEN YOUARE RESTING, THE TREMORS THERE . THE DOCTOR SAYS THERE’S WAYS TO MANAGE SYMPTOMS.>>SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN SHOWN TO DECREASE THE PROGRESSION IS EXERCISE. SHE SAYS PATIENTS ARE ABLE TO REDUCE TREMORS BY TAKING MEDICATION AS PRESCRIBED DOWN TO THE MINUTE. WE CAN CONTROL THE MOTOR SYSTEMS WELL. THAT’S DONE WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF MEDICATION AND EVERYBODY RESPONSE IN DIFFERENT WAYS AND NEEDS DIFFERENT TYPES. ALTHOUGH SHE WOULD NOT RECOMMEND GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A RACECAR JOE IS PROOF THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LET IT DISEASE DEFINE HO YOU ARE. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH PARKINSON’S DISEASE IS COMMON IN PEOPLE

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