The Authors

The people who make the Parkinson Journal possible

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Jurgen Zender

Jurgen Zender

Parkinson's Journal Editor, Author, Entrepreneur

My life is characterized by always having done things when the time was right. Even if occasionally I had the time, but I wasn't ready for it myself. But these are exactly the experiences that I would not want to miss under any circumstances.
I was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2019. Like many others before me, I spent the following weeks working intensively on symptoms, therapies and current research. Thanks to Google, I scoured the Internet in countless hours and, with a lot of effort, got a first overview. I quickly realized that the flood of information seems huge, but just as disorganized. Especially in the first phase, in which you have to deal mentally with the diagnosis, unnecessary fears can arise that put a lasting strain on the psyche.
The Parkinson Journal is my contribution to counteract this.

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May Evers

May Evers

Author, blogger, foundation manager

May Evers, who has Parkinson's herself, has been an "activist" in the world of Parkinson's organizations for years. Be it as a member of the board of trustees of the Hilde Ulrich Foundation, as co-editor of TeamDopamine - the dopamine book, as co-initiator of the AktivZeit Challenge or as a founding member of the German section of the PD Avengers "End with Parkinson's", May knows the disease and everyone who cares about it Combat endeavor better than almost any other. In her column she reports at irregular intervals from the world of Parkinson's foundations, self-help groups and research projects.

Gaby Fastner

Gaby Fastner

Gymnastics teacher and author

Gabi Fastner is a state-certified gymnastics teacher and author of numerous fitness guides. She is known to a wide audience through her appearances in the popular television series "Tele-Gym" and her videos on YouTube, which have been viewed millions of times.

dr Martin Riegels

dr Martin Riegels

chemist, author

dr Martin Riegels, born in 1958, has been for 22 years
diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Until his retirement, he was plant manager of a chemical plant in Belgium
His current project:

1. Use of augmented reality to overcome gait problems (freezing), prototype can be tested; 2. Creation of historical logs; 3. PPP location in Langenfeld, currently 13 members

Catherine Wersing

Catherine Wersing

Podcaster, social worker

My name is Kathrin Wersing, I was born in 1979, married to a wonderful man and we have two great children together.
I work as a social worker at a self-help association, where I support families with chronically ill children.

The diagnosis of Parkinson's caught me pretty cold at the age of 40. After the initial shock and the discussions in a self-help group for people with early Parkinson's disease, I quickly realized that we all need positive stories. Because I am convinced that positive thinking, humor and confidence contribute enormously to positively influencing the course of the disease.

That's why I decided to embark on a journey with my podcast to people who lead happy and fulfilling lives with Parkinson's. I would like to share this wealth of experience with everyone. I would be happy if you accompany me on this journey or even enrich the podcast with your story.

Laughter, spending time with family and friends, a lot of sport and exercise, music, but also the exchange with like-minded people help me in dealing with the disease.

"In the end everything will be fine.
And if it's not good yet
then it's not the end!"

Oscar Wilde

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dr Marieke Schwed

dr Marieke Schwed

sports scientist

I'm Mareike Schwed, 45 years old, doctorate in sports science, Taunuskind, movement freak and time-out specialist.

I founded the neurowerkstatt in January 2015 to accompany people with neurological diseases such as Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and polyneuropathy on their way to self-determined use of sport, training and exercise as a health resource.

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dr Johannes Heimann

dr Johannes Heimann

doctor

Dr. med. Johannes Heimann was a gynecologist and obstetrician during his career and has been diagnosed with Parkinson's for several years. In various Parkinson's forums he goes deeply, often also humorously, into the numerous questions of the members and regularly hits the nerve of the community with his language and choice of topics.

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Amy Oranella

Amy Oranella

Occupational Therapist, Lecturer, Author

Amy Orellana has years of experience treating patients with neurological disorders in rehabilitation clinics and occupational therapy practices; She is a lecturer and member of a working group of doctors and therapists on the topic of Parkinson's.

As part of her therapeutic work, she often finds out that relatives receive too little attention. It is therefore important to her to strengthen them and support them with practical tips.

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Nina Juncker

Nina Juncker

Pharmacist, video collector

Nina is a passionate video collector and researches, among other things, for the Parkinson Journal on the Internet, preferably on YouTube, for videos that present facts about Parkinson's in a clear and understandable way. Her collected works can be found on YouTube under Nina's pd toolbox.

Simply click on the image to view the toolbox.

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M. Leines is different

M. Leines is different

Cameraman, producer, director

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Journalist and photographer at Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation at NRK

Has worked as a cameraman/editor/producer at NRK HORDALAND

Has worked as a producer, cameraman, lighting technician at Troens Bevis Verdens Evangelisering

Worked as Service Engineer Electromedical Dept at Siemens AG

Studied Communications-drama-film at Hofstra University.

Anders has been a PwP (People with Parkinson's) for many years and devotes many of his productions to educating people about our clinical picture. A part of his life and the award-winning mini series "the dark side of Parkinson's" were translated into German by us and published here exclusively.

Louise Walther

Louise Walther

Neuro-analyst, trainer, author

With a focus on functional neurology and neural movement training, I offer a holistic view of physical performance. I stand for a paradigm shift from the purely biomechanical to the neuro-biomechanical view of people. It's not about self-optimization, but about a balance between tensing and relaxing the nervous system. Because movement and pain originate in the brain. And I know too well what I'm talking about - I've had two emergency disc operations myself and have tried for years to get my pain and limitations under control. But nothing really helped. Until I learned and understood that pain originates in the brain and we have to radically rethink training.

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Kristina van Eyck

Kristina van Eyck

Occupational therapist at Klinikum Osnabrück GmbH

Kristina van Eyck is an occupational therapist and got to know the various facets of Parkinson's disease during her work in complex Parkinson's treatment. In this context, she sees occupational therapy not only as treatment for the person concerned, but also as advice on possibilities and suggestions for adapting and shaping everyday life and becoming active - as help for self-help.

Music and dance, which have been shown to have good effects on the disease, are a particular focus of treatment.

She gives dance and rhythm courses as well as neurotango courses for Parkinson's sufferers and is a member of the Osnabrück Parkinson's Network.

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