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On Top of Their Game

Parkinson’s disease notoriously robs the body of its ability to move. Some patients can no longer walk, and many feel ‘frozen’ in their bodies. The five men and women portrayed in these pages slowed the excruciating creep of the disease in the most challenging way possible: They decided to move more — and with more determination — than ever before.

The Boxer: Vince Hendrickson

The Boxer: Vince Hendrickson They Call Him ‘Bulldog’ Photography by AUSTIN HARGRAVE Like Clark Kent removing his glasses, Vince Hendrickson just makes one small wardrobe change to summon hidden strength. Twice a week, he pulls on bright-red boxing gloves to Read On

Baby’s First Map

The infant brain is famously pliable, an organ of explosive growth and unparalleled adaptability. But this period of rapid development comes with a large dose of vulnerability.

The Dancer: Linda Berghoff

The Dancer: Linda Berghoff Grace and Gratitude Photography by AUSTIN HARGRAVE Ballet. Jazz. Tap. Hip-hop. Linda Berghoff does it all — with grace and gratitude. She defies and resists her Parkinson’s diagnosis with elegant arabesques or Bob Fosse–style routines. Despite Read On

The Runner: Bobbie Poledouris

The Runner: Bobbie Poledouris Her Race Against Time Photography by AUSTIN HARGRAVE Bobbie Poledouris is always eager for the next leg in life’s marathon. At 70, she just needs a good pair of running shoes — preferably neon pink. For Read On

The Tennis Player: Bernie LeSage

The Tennis Player: Bernie LeSage Boomer Is Back Photography by AUSTIN HARGRAVE Self-taught tennis player Bernie LeSage, who has made a comeback on the national tournament circuit despite Parkinson’s disease, feels best about his game when he hits a “crisp Read On

The Skier: Adi Erber

The Skier: Adi Erber A Kid at Heart Photography by AUSTIN HARGRAVE Adi Erber was 4 years old when he put on his first pair of skis. Born and raised in the heart of Austria’s Kitzbühel Alps, he discovered his Read On

Memory Lane

Photo Illustration: David Arky How do we store memories? Before scientists can answer that longstanding question, they need to know which parts of the brain are involved. Recently, investigators at Cedars-Sinai made a surprising discovery about short-term memory, which is Read On