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Ep 170 Gaylynn Green

Episode 170

Have you ever felt the weight of the world on your shoulders while caring for a loved one suffering from a debilitating disease? Dr. George Ackerman knows that feeling all too well. He opens his heart and shares his personal journey of caregiving for his late mother, Sharon, who battled both Parkinson’s and dementia. His poignant narrative about the challenges he faced in ensuring proper medication and making the difficult decision to keep her at home is bound to resonate with many listeners.

Dr. Ackerman’s dedication to raising awareness about Parkinson’s disease is evident in his tireless work with the Together for Sharon. He also emphasizes the importance of movement for those living with Parkinson’s, a simple yet crucial aspect that greatly impacts their quality of life. His family’s trials and tribulations with his mother’s dual diagnosis, as well as the support they received from the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, offer a realistic look at what life is like for caregivers and their loved ones.

In the final segment of our conversation, George finds the strength to share uplifting stories and offer messages of hope and resilience. Through his platform, Together for Sharon, and his advocacy work, he continues to inspire and support those who are navigating their own seasons of caregiving. Tune in to hear how Dr. George Ackerman’s experiences serve as a beacon of light for others amidst the challenging world of caregiving.

0:00       Finding Hope in Parkinson’s Awareness
10:09    Caring for Loved One With Dementia and Parkinson’s
14:57    Movement and Parkinson’s Disease Impact

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Dr. George Ackerman

Dr. George Ackerman

Dr. George Ackerman is from Brooklyn, N.Y. Now residing in Florida, he works in the fields of law, police, and education. George lost his mother, Sharon Riff Ackerman on 1/1/2020 due to Parkinson’s Disease.
George wanted to honor his mother and continue to help in the Parkinson’s awareness cause and did not know how to bring change. With my family, we started TogetherForSharon® as a family for the purpose of keeping my mother, Sharon Riff Ackerman’s, memory alive and to share the message of Parkinson’s Awareness and hope for a cure.

Today https://www.togetherforsharon.com/ reaches thousands of individuals across the country for PD Awareness. George currently interviews individuals throughout the Parkinson’s community including various foundations, caregivers, and Parkinson’s warriors to help share their stories and causes.


pictures of George and Sharon Ackerman

Visit TogetherforSharon.com to hear the hundreds of stories George has shared and to learn more about all that he is doing to raise awareness of Parkinson’s Disease.


*Transcript is an actual recount of the live conversation

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Rayna Neises

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Rayna Neises, ACC

Author of No Regrets: Hope for Your Caregiving Season, Editor of Content Magazine, ICF Certified Coach, Speaker, Podcast Host, & Positive Approach to Care® Independent Trainer offering encouragement, support, and resources to those who are in a Season of Caring for Aging Parents.

Her passion is for those caring and their parents, so that both might be seen, not forgotten & cared for, not neglected.

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